Organizing Our Time
Realizing that a majority of my instruction was not targeted and after reading several books (Number Sense Routines, It Makes Sense!, Number Talks), I knew it was time to transition to Guided Math in which whole-group instruction was traded for small-group instruction. Our math block takes a little longer (around 75 minutes), but it is completely worth it! Our math routine looks like this – Number Talks (5-7 minutes), 3 Rotations of Small Groups/Technology/Centers (17-20 minutes/each), Reflection (5 minutes).
Math Centers in Action
Leveling Centers – Meeting Every Student
Centers in Action
Using ten-frame and twenty-frame cards from our school’s Making Math Magic program (THE most fabulous number-sense program), we are also enjoying Making 10/15/20 Go Fish with our math center partners.
Solve-the-Room is one of our consistent centers each week. From subtraction to addition to greater than/less than, to missing addends, it is the perfect time to practice using a number line. Students grab a recording sheet, a clipboard, a number line, and a pencil. I love pulling from Crazy for 1st Grade and Thank God It’s First for many of our solve-the-room cards.
We also use our set of foam dominoes for sorts. They’re perfect for adding and sorting types of strategies we might use to solve the addition sentences. For my above-grade level friends, they will often use double dominos and then, create word problems to accompany the sorts.
Another of our always-centers is Versatiles. Versatiles are an awesome self-checking resource for math and reading. For centers, I pull 3 pages on the same skill at different levels. On the bottom of each page there is a visual answer key. When students finish placing the numbers, they file the tiles to ‘see’ if they are right.