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.
(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)
I- interactive notebooks
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.
Each day’s objective is written in the corner so you know what you are focusing on.
The lessons are differentiated for you.
To start the lesson, we started with one of three things:
-a counting game
– a number talk
– or we played a game
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.
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!
We followed this scope and sequence for the targeted skill lessons:
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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to comment. I will get back to you as soon as possible.