Journey to Excellence

Station to Station Lessons

Station to Station lessons are an instructional technique borrowed from science with influences from learning centers in primary classrooms. First, the teacher plans and sets up four to seven stations and determines how much time each group will spend at each station. Next, the teacher divides the classroom into groups of four or five students (similar to cooperative groups). Prepared task cards to guide student learning activities need to be taped to each station. Once stations are set up, students move from station to station at the direction of the teacher. In a forty-five minute class period students may be divided into four larger groups for four stations and spend ten minutes at each station. Another possibility is for the stations to remain in place for several days and each group spends a full class period at each station. In block schedule formats students can spend longer at each station. It is very helpful if stations are numbered or lettered so that the teacher can monitor time, direct traffic flow, and monitor student progress.

Suggested Station to Station Activities in Various Disciplines

Social Studies

Early Civilizations:

  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Indus China
  • Early America


19th Century Poets:

  • Dickinson
  • Holmes
  • Longfellow
  • Whitman
  • Whittier


Minor Prophets: (At each station . . .)

  • One verse that should be a memory verse
  • Theme
  • Plot summary
  • Similar modern anecdote



  • Length
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Temperature


Light and Color:

  • Prisms
  • Light boxes with lenses
  • Interference patterns
  • Bubbles
  • Primary colors for pigments
  • Primary colors for light


Families in the Periodic Chart of Elements:

  • Metals
  • Transition Elements
  • Nonmetals
  • Noble Gases
  • Inner Transition Elements
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