As I’m learning all about a new grade, one thing I wanted to accomplish was a math workshop. Another goal of mine this year, is to work SMARTER, not harder. I’m working on that
balance issue. It is hard to have balance when you are learning a new grade level, but it’s a great opportunity for me to have a fresh start.
So, here is what I’ve come up with for my math block.
- 15 minutes: calendar journals (I AM working on a first grade calendar, but I really want to test and tweak it this year before I offer it to you. I NEED to know that it works for first grade!)
- 15-20 minutes: Math warm up, number talks, and whole group math lesson
- 15-20 minutes: math rotations
- Meet with the teacher
- Math with technology
- Fluency practice
- Math boxes
- Partner games
We do ONE rotation a day. I WISH I could do more, there just isn’t time in the day! However, with this management system, I really only need to change the activities ONCE a month. *insert cheers of joy here*
So let’s break it down – each student will visit each center once per week. I would love to incorporate more rotations (ala Daily 5), but I just don’t have the 90 minute block to fit it in.
1. Meet with the teacher: aka – MOI. During this time, I will meet with a small group of students to work on what THEY need or to reinforce what we have taught whole group. Sometimes it will be center type activities, sometimes it will be partner games, and sometimes it will be a mix of activities!
2. Math with Technology: we will use our ipads or laptaps (more on this later!)
3. Partner Games: We use the Everyday Math curriculum, and new games are introduced every few units. It’s important that the kids play these games because they build on them through the grades. AND, the kids LOVE playing them.
4. Fluency Games: the blue basket houses our fluency games. Right now, we are practicing basic addition facts. Some of these are played with a partner, and others are played independently.
5. Math Boxes: these are what are MOST familiar to me! I had so much fun creating these centers based on what the children need, the common core, and what our math curriculum is working on.
Here is what I have in the drawers for October:
Everything is housed in the green drawers. I love these drawers. I purchased them from Ikea about 3 years ago. The children just grab a drawer and find a quiet workspace in the room. Only one person at a time will work in the drawers. I am letting them manage these on their own. The activities are SO fun, that I know they’ll want to try all of them.
I don’t have every activity in the drawers right now, some I will use during my small group time.
If you’re interested in grabbing these centers, you can find them in my TpT shop.
What questions do you have? Post them below!