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Guided Math Schedule and Ideas
28 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, February, Free, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

The last few days around here have been CRAZY! We got about 32 INCHES of snow at my house. I don’t think I have EVER seen 32 inches of snow come down in ONE storm! I think I must have shoveled my deck about 8 times and it is still covered. Luckily, it stopped snowing today so later on I can go out and shovel it before the next snowstorm hits on Friday! My dog, Koda, was a trooper and enjoyed helping me shovel. Since there was a driving ban in place, all the kids and dogs of the neighborhood were playing in the streets so Koda definitely had a blast!
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Since I was stuck in my house for two days, I prepped all of my February math centers for my kindergarteners and planned my guided math groups for the next three weeks. On my Facebook page, I had asked y’all what you wanted me to blog about and guided math was one of the topics. In this post I will attempt to take you through my planning process and the schedule I use in my classroom.

To be honest, the key to success in my math block is the schedule that I use. All of our math lessons hinge on a simple teaching model that I love: I do, we do, you do.  During our math time I use this to set up my schedule. “I do” is the first and shortest time {whole group teaching}, “we do” and “you do” take up the majority of our time.

To begin, this month we are working on:

* counting by ones to 120 (starting at any number)
* working with a ten frame
* number writing
* teen numbers
* simple addition and subtraction
* measurement
* tally marks
* reading a dice/domino
* using a graph to interpret data
* understanding and creating word problems
* patterns
* shapes
* greater than/less than
* counting by 5s and 10s

I believe that students need to experience math to truly get it. In order to help my students develop number sense and a solid foundation with their math skills, I make sure that our activities include hands-on materials, interactive lessons, and centers where they can explore and manipulate what they are learning. All of the centers that I create are made with intentionality and are exactly what my students need to work on each month. I base each center off of my curriculum’s scope and sequence and pacing guide along with the common core standards that students need to master by the end of the year. I try to keep some of the games similar while adding in a few new ones each month to keep things fresh and fun. I use the centers not only as my students “you do” activities but also as the basis of our guided math lessons. In doing this, it makes lesson planning easy and only requires me to prep the month’s centers and then I’m practically done for the month!

kindergarten math bins

By changing the centers, activities, and materials used, students stay engaged.

So how do I plan my centers and math block?

In my classroom this year we have about 45-50 solid minutes of “math.” In order to make the most of this time, my math block includes four things:

1. A short whole group lesson/review

2. Math Centers

3. Interactive Math Notebooks

4. Guided Math Groups

Typically the short lesson lasts about 10 minutes (TOPS) and then we get to our rotations. Our rotations last about 35 minutes. In order to stay organized, I plan out my guided math activities using this format. I get the weekly objectives based on my math curriculum and each group practices that skill throughout the week on their level.

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Next week, this is what my plans look like:Guided Math Lessons.002

As you can see, I meet with 2 groups each day. When my students are not with me or completing their interactive notebook pages, they are completing a math center of their choice. I meet with my first group (the ones who need the most support) 4 times a week. My third group meets with me twice and during that time I am able to extend and expand their learning.

To give you an idea what it looks like in my classroom, on Monday I meet with my first group for 15 minutes. During that time, my second group is at centers and my third group completes their interactive notebook page. When I finish with my first group, I call my second group to clean up and to come see me and my first group chooses their center for the day. I check in on my 3rd group doing their math notebooks and then I begin teaching a 15 minute lesson to my second group. Once my third group finishes their notebook page, they choose their center for the day. Once my second lesson is complete, I check in on my two groups at centers and then everyone cleans up.

The reason why Friday is not on this rotation list is because on Fridays we tend to do a longer exploration activity based on what we are learning. 

This probably poses the questions, where do you keep your centers? and how do students choose them? Great questions.

My math bins are located on our math shelves:

pictures.023 math bin shelves

My students are free to choose anything that is included in or on the shelves. I switch them out as my students learn new centers and are working on different skills. My students are allowed to pick anything they want from the shelves unless I have asked them to complete a particular center. Currently, these are some of our favorite activities:

Making ten with the number rods

In this center, students take out the number rods and make different combinations of ten by putting together two rods of different lengths. (ie.) a 7 and a 3 would make a 10)

putting numbers in order 1-100

In this center my students put the numbers 1-100 in order. They are ALL ABOUT this right now!

Other current favorite centers include war, make 10, snowman addition puzzles,  snowflake numbers, and more! I normally have about 15 things that students can choose from and once they are taught what they can choose, it runs very smoothly.

math collageAs a new month is quickly approaching, it is time for me to start teaching our new games in our guided math groups. As I had mentioned previously, to make planning easy, I typically play our center games during our guided math groups. This is a great opportunity for me to teach, reteach, and practice important skills with my students. As an added bonus, after I play the games with my students, they know how to play them once they become center choices. My students LOVE playing the games with me in their small groups and are even more excited when they see them in our center tubs.

Next week, Group 1 will work on putting our number hearts in order. This will reinforce their number skills. After the cards are put in order from 1-24, they will place the correct number of heart erasers underneath each number.

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After they have completed a few numbers, I will begin a “number talk” with them. I will ask my students to come up with number combinations for the heart numbers. For example, they could say that one purple eraser and one yellow eraser makes 2. So, 1+1=2. After they have gotten the hang out of the activity, I will give each student their own heart number and erasers and have them make combinations using the different colored erasers. As an extension, they will also write the number combinations on a dry erase board. This not only helps the students with their number sense but also helps them understand addition.

The next day, the same students will continue to work on addition.

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In this game, my students will use counters to make the robot puzzles.

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The puzzles make the activity self correcting and provides a fun, meaningful way for students to practice their addition skills.

If you noticed in my guided math plans that my Group 3 students will work on larger number addition, this looks like this:

tangible math

They love the challenge of adding BIG numbers and truly enjoy using the base ten blocks to figure out the sums of their large numbers!

The objectives for the rest of the month include: number sense (using base ten blocks), number sequences (including skip counting, counting on, and counting backwards), and measurement. We will work on these centers during our guided math groups to focus on those objectives:

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If you would like to use my Guided Math template, feel free to download it. It is not editable; however, you can insert it into your own document as an image and simply insert text boxes where you need them! If that is not for you, print it out and put it in a page protector and write your lesson plans on the plastic using a Vis-a-vis marker!

I hope that this post helped. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask them!

Here is the lesson plan image. Here is the PDF.  Download the version you would like to use!

Kindergarten {February} Math Centers can be found here. 

First Grade {February} Math Centers can be found here. 

If you would like to read more about my math rotations in first grade, you can read that blog post HERE.

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5 Comments
  1. Monica Laborde -

    Kristen,
    I have been trying to find an old post. You had posted a Science and Social Studies overview for first grade that went with Austin ISD ‘s curriculum.
    I was hoping I am just missing it. I was told about it by another teacher. but the link she gave me wasn’t any good.

    Thanks

  2. Selena -

    I just bought 2 of your products to use in my preschool class. This will be my 5th week and after reading several of your ideas, I have come to the conclusion you are a genius. I purchased the morning binder and calendar time. Could you please explain how you and the student uses the ten frame? I am old school and not sure I have ever heard of it. Thanks

    • Selena- You are SO sweet!! I will try to write up a blog post for you on using a ten frame! :) I’m so glad you are enjoying my work!

  3. Catrice -

    Love all your ideas!!! Where can I find the 1-100 puzzle?

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  • Monica Laborde -

    Kristen,
    I have been trying to find an old post. You had posted a Science and Social Studies overview for first grade that went with Austin ISD ‘s curriculum.
    I was hoping I am just missing it. I was told about it by another teacher. but the link she gave me wasn’t any good.

    Thanks

  • Selena -

    I just bought 2 of your products to use in my preschool class. This will be my 5th week and after reading several of your ideas, I have come to the conclusion you are a genius. I purchased the morning binder and calendar time. Could you please explain how you and the student uses the ten frame? I am old school and not sure I have ever heard of it. Thanks

    • Selena- You are SO sweet!! I will try to write up a blog post for you on using a ten frame! :) I’m so glad you are enjoying my work!

  • Catrice -

    Love all your ideas!!! Where can I find the 1-100 puzzle?

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