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Guided Math In Kindergarten
21 Jun, 2016. 9 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Math, Math. Posted By: Kristen Smith

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Last summer I was tasked by my school to write a guided math curriculum for both kindergarteners and first grade students. These curriculums were a labor of love based on the standards, the pacing of our scope and sequence, and my experience from being in the classroom. Using this resource was such a life saver for me this year. Planning was a breeze and ALL of my students scored “high mastery” on our standardized test that we took at the end of the year. I was extremely pleased with my students’ progress throughout the year and how far they were able to take the skills we were working on. I know I say it often but Guided Math became one of my favorite times during our day.

The Nuts And Bolts

Every day we spent a total of 75 minutes on “math.” Each day, as a class we practiced counting, a number skill, and I either I taught or reviewed a specific “whole group” skill. These activities took in total about 15 minutes. The remaining 60 minutes was spent in guided math groups.

Guided Math In Kindergarten

(These students are working on decomposing the number “4” with the two hula hoops. The boy with his hands on his head is the “teacher” and he is asking friends to go in specific hula hoops to make the number “4.” Full blog post here)

How To Get Started

I wrote a blog post about getting started using the curriculum last summer that you can read here. It goes over how to group students, the rotations that they go through and a few pictures of the “packet in action.”

After a brief whole group math lesson my students would transition to our “rotations” or BUILD time.  During “BUILD” I met with small groups of students and taught the guided math lessons. Each day I met with a little more than half of my class. While I was working with small groups, my other students were either:

B- completing buddy games (centers)

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U-using manipulatives

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I- interactive notebooks

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L- learning through technology

D- “do math” (guided math)

My students got to choose 2-3 “stations” each day. However, they could not duplicate a station choice if they hadn’t completed all the other choices. (You can read more about our BUILD time here.) Today I’d love to give you more of an “inside look” at what actually went on during our day to day groups.

First, I printed out all of my lesson plans and placed them in a binder. Each week had its own focus and the standards fully written out. Each week also comes with games and activities for you to complete throughout the week. Guided Math In Kindergarten

Each day’s objective is written in the corner so you know what you are focusing on.

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The lessons are differentiated for you.

To start the lesson, we started with one of three things:

-a counting game

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– a number talk

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– or we played a game

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After this, we transitioned to me teaching or re-teaching a targeted skill. This was about 3-6 minutes. Then we practiced the skill of the week or day using manipulatives, games, and activities.

Guided Math In Kindergarten

My students truly benefited from the small groups and lessons. Not only did they develop a solid foundation in math but they also enjoyed the daily lessons!

Guided Math In Kindergarten

We followed this scope and sequence for the targeted skill lessons:

Guided Math In Kindergarten- scope and sequence

If you are looking for a way to make guided math easier for yourself, you will not be disappointed in these packs.

You can purchase them by quarters or buy the bundle for a discount. They are available in my store on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Guided Math Bundle (click here to purchase) 

Guided Math In Kindergarten

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments
  1. Kristen,

    I have been looking at all of your amazing work. You are what I need. I teach Kindergarten in an inner city school in Cincinnati Ohio. We serve a low income and very diverse community. I have three years until retirement. With all of the new testing etc. I am having some troubles. Our district has been using Engage New York for Math , Recipe For Reading for Phonological awareness as well as Journey’s . Although we meet the standards your work is a great help.

    Thanks and Blessing
    Karen Fischer

    • I’m so glad that my work helps!! I love to hear that. Thank you for commenting! I hope you have a relaxing summer vacation.

  2. Kristen,

    You are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing everything! I was wondering how you schedule your day in kindergarten in order to have 75 minutes for math? Do you have 75 minutes everyday? I currently have a 45 minute block, but want more time next year and am trying to work out a schedule .

    Thanks so much!
    Sarah

  3. Nicki -

    Hi Kristen!
    I purchased your guided math last summer. There is SO much included, I did not know where to begin :). I really had a hard time printing everything out, so I stopped. How do you print everything out? This bundle is amazing, it just has SO many pages (which is a good thing!).

    • Nicki, I print out all of the lessons back to back and hole punched. I also print and laminate all of the center games and then place them in labeled pencil pouches. This helps me stay organized. I keep each quarter separate using a different binder for each quarter. Each week I place the games that I am going to teach and play with my students in m guided math drawer near my teaching table and place the print outs in there so they are easy to pull. I print consumables out the Friday so that I am ready to go for the week. I will try to do a blog post on this for you!

  4. How do you keep the kindergarten students on task when they are not at your guided math table. I find when I put out the activities, they just play with the manipulatives rather than completing the task. If I stop my guided math group to redirect or to give instruction on what they should be doing, I lose the guided math group.

  5. How do you keep the kindergarten students on task when they are not at your guided math table. I find when I put out the activities, they just play with the manipulatives rather than completing the task. If I stop my guided math group to redirect or to give instruction on what they should be doing, I lose the guided math group.

    The blog won’t send this message as they says I’ve already asked this, but I don’t think I have. If somebody else has, can you send me the answer?

    • Kate, At the beginning of the year I let the kids play with the objects for at least a 2-3 weeks at the beginning of the year. Whenever I introduce a new material, I let the students play with it. I have found that when you give kids the opportunity to free play with the objects they are more willing to work with them later on. I also only put games and activities out during the rotations that students have already had a lesson on (I play these games during guided math groups, then they become a center). I include picture clues or an “I can” statement to remind students what they can do at each center. This definitely helps!

  6. Viv -

    Hi Kristen
    I bought your guided math bundle and can’t wait to get started. I am wondering about your rotation wheel. Can
    you share it or can I purchase it? Also what clean up song do you use? Thank so much!

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  • Kristen,

    I have been looking at all of your amazing work. You are what I need. I teach Kindergarten in an inner city school in Cincinnati Ohio. We serve a low income and very diverse community. I have three years until retirement. With all of the new testing etc. I am having some troubles. Our district has been using Engage New York for Math , Recipe For Reading for Phonological awareness as well as Journey’s . Although we meet the standards your work is a great help.

    Thanks and Blessing
    Karen Fischer

    • I’m so glad that my work helps!! I love to hear that. Thank you for commenting! I hope you have a relaxing summer vacation.

  • Kristen,

    You are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing everything! I was wondering how you schedule your day in kindergarten in order to have 75 minutes for math? Do you have 75 minutes everyday? I currently have a 45 minute block, but want more time next year and am trying to work out a schedule .

    Thanks so much!
    Sarah

  • Nicki -

    Hi Kristen!
    I purchased your guided math last summer. There is SO much included, I did not know where to begin :). I really had a hard time printing everything out, so I stopped. How do you print everything out? This bundle is amazing, it just has SO many pages (which is a good thing!).

    • Nicki, I print out all of the lessons back to back and hole punched. I also print and laminate all of the center games and then place them in labeled pencil pouches. This helps me stay organized. I keep each quarter separate using a different binder for each quarter. Each week I place the games that I am going to teach and play with my students in m guided math drawer near my teaching table and place the print outs in there so they are easy to pull. I print consumables out the Friday so that I am ready to go for the week. I will try to do a blog post on this for you!

  • How do you keep the kindergarten students on task when they are not at your guided math table. I find when I put out the activities, they just play with the manipulatives rather than completing the task. If I stop my guided math group to redirect or to give instruction on what they should be doing, I lose the guided math group.

  • How do you keep the kindergarten students on task when they are not at your guided math table. I find when I put out the activities, they just play with the manipulatives rather than completing the task. If I stop my guided math group to redirect or to give instruction on what they should be doing, I lose the guided math group.

    The blog won’t send this message as they says I’ve already asked this, but I don’t think I have. If somebody else has, can you send me the answer?

    • Kate, At the beginning of the year I let the kids play with the objects for at least a 2-3 weeks at the beginning of the year. Whenever I introduce a new material, I let the students play with it. I have found that when you give kids the opportunity to free play with the objects they are more willing to work with them later on. I also only put games and activities out during the rotations that students have already had a lesson on (I play these games during guided math groups, then they become a center). I include picture clues or an “I can” statement to remind students what they can do at each center. This definitely helps!

  • Viv -

    Hi Kristen
    I bought your guided math bundle and can’t wait to get started. I am wondering about your rotation wheel. Can
    you share it or can I purchase it? Also what clean up song do you use? Thank so much!

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