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  • I have 3 areas set up in my classroom for math instruction and teaching.
  • I keep most of my math manipulatives in plastic boxes on open shelves so they are accessible at any time.
  • 4 or 5 students fit comfortably at my teaching table. I keep students with similar needs together so I can assign them differentiated tasks as necessary.
  • My rotations are about 15 minutes long. If I had a longer math block, I would try 20 minutes. There are lots of different ways to organize stations and rotations- this is just what works for me now after a lot of trial and error!
  • Spiral notebooks would work as well.
  • For example, during our geometry unit, small groups worked on identifying attributes of shapes during the first meeting of the week and problem solving strategies using differentiated problems during the second.
  • Deb Diller’s Math Workstations was the inspiration for my workstations.
  • If I pull a student for remediation during workstation, his/her partner can continue to work at the station or complete a “When I’m Finished” activity.
  • Math workshop

    1. 1. Math Workshop Using Guided Math in My 1st Grade Classroom Carol McNab
    2. 2. Large group teaching area ● Easel or chart stand ● Smartboard ● Markers, manipulatives for demo, sticky notes, literature ● Response boards Small group area ● Dry erase boards and markers ● Sticky notes ● Highlighters, pencils, paper ● Manipulatives Classroom Organization
    3. 3. Workstations ● Technology ○ Computers, laptops, Ipads ● Math tubs ○ Modeled from Math Work Stations by Deb Diller ○ Tubs for fact fluency, skill practice and problem solving ● Students use tubs on the floor or at desks Classroom Organization cont.
    4. 4. Small group instruction ● Students grouped by strengths and needs ● Groups of 4 or 5 ● Groups are flexible Workstations ● Students work with a partner ● Partner is also part of the current math group ● Odd number of students: Work in a group of 3 Grouping
    5. 5. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule Whole group instruction to introduce new strategy or concept. Introduce new vocabulary. Use literature, videos (BrainpopJr., Discovery Education) to engage and develop vocabulary. Independent practice for review of previously taught skills. Model any new workstations. Monday
    6. 6. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule Focus: Telling time Warm up: Dot card flash for current fact strategy Lesson: Read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle. Spend 5-10 minutes discussing time to see what schema/background knowledge students have. Use mini clocks to identify parts of the clock. Model how to show time on the hour and vocabulary “o’clock.” Students use mini clocks to show times called out by teacher. Students draw and label a clock in their math journals. Introduce a new game for workstations for practicing doubles plus one. Independent practice: Fact Fluency practice sheet. Sample Monday plan
    7. 7. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule Minilesson: ● Connect ● Teach ● Active Engagement/Guided Practice ● Link Guided Practice: Smartboard activity, use manipulatives, etc. Rotations: 2 or 3 rounds ● Journals ● Workstations ● Meet with teacher Powerpoint for rotations http://bit.ly/1fuvo4F Tuesday-Friday
    8. 8. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule Journals: Students glue prompt or activity into notebook ● Problem solving ● Skill practice ● Interactive I also keep a tub of “When I’m finished” activities for students who finish journal work before the end of the round. Examples: ● Marcy Cook tiles ● Spin and graph activities ● Task cards ● Puzzles Tuesday-Friday
    9. 9. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule Small groups ● Groups of 4 have been ideal in my classroom ● Meet with each group twice a week ● One session to work on skill and one for problem solving Materials: ● Dry erase boards/markers/pencils ● Number lines and 100 chart ● Variety of manipulatives and workmats ● Small versions of anchor charts (I use a sketchpad.) Tuesday-Friday
    10. 10. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule ● Students work with a partner or group of 3 ● Explore new concepts/review skills ● Games, activities, manipulatives ● Fact Fluency ● Problem Solving ● Ipad ● Computers ○ Use Symbaloo to organize online activities ○ Example: http://bit.ly/1dtIT3P Workstations
    11. 11. Monday: Whole class instruction Tuesday-Friday: Minilesson, small groups and workstations Thursday: Exemplars Friday: Remediation Weekly Schedule One round is set aside for pulling students who need more help or conferencing with individuals. Thursday Friday Only 2 rounds of groups/stations to allow time for whole class problem solving such as Exemplars.
    12. 12. ● Don’t introduce too many stations at once. ● Take time to model (and practice when possible.) ● Teach setup and cleanup routines. ● Create anchor charts for station expectations: voice levels, where to sit, restroom, what to do if you have a question or need help, etc. ● Label all pieces and have a spot for lost and found items. ● Choose some activities with similar formats to previous stations to cut down on the learning curve for a new game/activity. ● Make sure your activities are relevant to what the kids are learning or need to review. When I first started stations I went a little crazy on Teachers Pay Teachers and bought a lot of seasonal sets. Although most of the activities were good, they didn’t always correlate with our curriculum at the time. Don’t use an activity just because it’s October and the game board has cute little monsters on it! Lessons learned from experience!
    13. 13. These books have been helpful as I set up my math workshop. Guided Math- Laney Sammons Math Sense- Christine Moynihan Math Work Stations: Independent Learning You Can Count On, K-2-Deb Diller These are just a couple of websites that have ideas for guided math and workstations. www.mathwire.com www.mathcoachscorner.blogspot.com Resources

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