This is what life looks like when I switch-out centers. A set of centers typically lasts 5-6 days depending on the number of interruptions to our math block.
The content in our math tubs tend to follow a traditional schedule, so I don’t have to spend instructional time explaining what is going on. Tub 1 = interactive notebook (see the comparing numbers foldable below. I put a sample on the top of the bin, so students have a guide. Tub 2 is typically Versatiles, this week money Versatiles (I snagged the Hairy Money poster from Swimming into Second here.) Then, the 3 remaining tubs are spiral review. Below you see Making 20 Go Fish, Spin and Add (double-digit addition), and time math (to the half-hour and hour).
Solve the Room is one of my 1st graders favorite centers. Students know to grab a clip board, a recording log out of their differentiated colored folder, and get to work. In these folders I keep different recording logs for the same cards around the room. One group may be writing the time in words and numbers, while my friends who need more support might be choosing if the time is o’clock or thirty.
After learning about 2D and 3D shapes, we marched into fractions using shapes. It was a perfect time to integrate composite shapes again. In first grade, we’re only supposed to learn about half, quarter, and whole. With the shapes, though, it’s easy to dabble in larger denominators.
With my on-grade level and my above-grade level groups, we’re also working on finding different number combinations that equal the same sum. Money has been a perfect way to do this. The skip counting, the open number lines, and multiple combinations are an incredible way to showcase our 1st grade math learning. 🙂
Well friends, isn’t it amazing to see how much our friends have grown over the course of a year? So many days I am left speechless at their progress and their thinking. My kids ‘know’ how to talk math, and it is awesome! Guided math (i.e. small-group instruction) and building number sense has made such a difference this year, and I cannot wait to hit the ground running next year. It’s going to be fabulous!
So friends, what does your math block look like right now? What are you focusing on? I’d love to hear about how your 1st grade math life is going!
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