We use a lot of learning stations in third grade! This enables me to differentiate student tasks, integrate movement around the classroom, monitor progress in small groups, and provide a variety of different activities in shorter bursts. I often break up my literacy and math blocks with a rotation of different activities to make the most of my instruction time. We get a lot accomplished, and the pace of the shorter activities maximizes short attention spans. Best of all, the kids enjoy them so student learning increases with their positive engagement.