Chapter three provided tons of ideas on laying the groundwork and getting your math station time off to a good start.
In reading this chapter I was reminded of the similarities between setting up Math Work Stations and starting the Daily Five. I thought about how I could bind the two seamlessly. Some of the same things Diller suggested with math stations were similar to how I begin Daily Five each year.
I will be honest and admit I didn’t devote quite as much time to building routines during math station time, I felt like there was so much to cover in math…period, and I wanted to get the bones of math time structurally in place. At the beginning of the year we didn’t go to math stations as often as I would have liked…but towards the end we hit our stride as a class.
I chose to do math in the mornings and I loved it!
Here’s what my schedule looked like this year:
7:50-8:15 Unpack, Morning Routines:
These included: Math Bag Question, answer the daily survey question, complete the daily story problem in your math journal, complete a practice activity.
8:15-8:30 Math Game with a partner ( These were previously introduced games)
During this time I pulled individual students for very small groups to do some quick math intervention. Just to make sure they understood the previous days lesson.
8:30-9:00 Whole Group Math Instruction:
This time usually included a math related read aloud, Number Talks, flash card review, explicit instruction, and a related activity. (Math Extension, Math and Literature Activity, Thinking Thursday, Weekly Estimation, Fun Friday Graph, Glyphs…)
9:00-9:30 Math Stations (One rotation per day). Stations would stop around 9:25 so we could come together to share or review.
10:00-10:20 Calendar Routines: After P.E. (9:30-10:00) we’d have about 10-15 minutes before lunch to complete our calendar activities.
This year I will devote more time to establishing routines during Math Station time. I plan to more closely follow Math Work Stations…but I love math and I also do so may other wonderful things during that block of time.
I created a few Self check sheets and some math station awards. I think during the first six weeks of the new school year doing self checks will help students…just like checking in with Daily Five. And who doesn’t love a special award!
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