Sunday, August 4, 2013

Math Morning Meeting

Happy Sunday! Well I survived the four day math in-service and I came away with a few good ideas. One of which I wanted to share with you. Some schools in our district, including my own, are using Investigations. I like it overall but there are tons of other things I add from the many resources I have.

For the last five years I’ve been doing math in the morning and let me tell you it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Part of my math in the morning is Math Morning Meeting, which fits perfectly with the routines in Investigations, plus a few of my own.

Our presenter shared how she does morning meeting using Power Point, which was a good way of organizing it because everything she did was right there in her slide show. Then later on I was visiting one of my most favorite places on the internet, The Teaching Channel and watched this video. You should watch it too, then some parts of this post will make sense. It’s really short and you’ll love it!

Well, after watching I could have kicked myself! Why wasn’t I doing it this way all along. So I created my own morning meeting presentation to help me keep on track and get through morning meeting effortlessly. Here are the slides I created. I’ll give a brief explanation of each one. I plan on getting this done in the 10-15 minutes I’ve allotted for math morning meeting.
The first routine will be what Investigations calls Start With Get To. It’s really just practice with counting. But I’ll also use Count Around which I got from this book.

Sometimes instead of doing Start With Get To we’ll do a count around by tens off decade, or by two starting at a number other than two, or count backwards by threes and so on.
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I’ve talked about Guess My number before. Basically I’ll pick a number in my head and the students have to guess. If I chose five and someone guessed 8 I’d say my number is less than 8, and they would have to tell me what numbers could be eliminated by covering them with a red square (equivalent to my sticky note). As the year progresses I’ll add different numbers or even replace this slide with a hundreds chart.
This slide is directly from my Promethean Board Calendar. I just decided to remove it from my calendar and put it in the morning meeting slide.
At the beginning of the year we’ll build the Hundreds chart using ideas from this book.

Then later in the year I’ll use the hundreds chart the way the teacher did in the video above.

Here’s where I’ll use the dot cards. If you’d like to read about how I use these you can click here.  On the What Did You See slide I’ll write their combinations and sometimes they will write along with me in their math journals.
During this part of math morning meeting we’ll discuss part, part whole. In the video she uses cards like the ones below. There is also a file that goes along with the video of the cards like she used. They started at 12 and went to 18. But I created a set for smaller numbers (6-10). To create the cards all you do is cut out the boxes on both sides, then fold the pages over.
Click on this picture to get the 12-18 cards.

Click on this picture to get the 6-10 cards

This part is pretty self explanatory. I’ll have a few problems that will involving using strategies to solve, like making a ten, or doubles plus one. To increase the novelty I’ll drag  each problem from behind the brain.
At the beginning of the year this part will involve combinations then it will become a mixture of combinations and story problems.

Well there you have it! Even if you don’t use Investigations I hope there are some things you could use during your math time.


  1. This is awesome! I am going to try and add this to my routines!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Wow! Thanks for all of this info. I can't wait to try out some of the ideas you shared. I bought all of those books last year, but haven't had a chance to read them. Now I am inspired. Thanks again!

  3. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas- trying to figure out how to work it all!

  4. Perfect! My principal just told us that we need to rethink our calendar time. Thanks for sharing your ideas :) BTW, as I was reading your post, I noticed Mr. Darcy, I love, I love, I love this movie! :)
    First Grade Dual

  5. Thank you! This was so helpful and just what I was needing to cement my own math routine.

  6. You always have such wonderful posts. I've been reading the Number Sense Routines book and LOVE it. I have my routines on my Smart board but they not this cute. Thanks for the wonderful new ideas. You always make me want to be a better teacher!

  7. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing the video, so helpful. Our district has a version of Investigations from about 10 years ago. It's not our primary math resource anymore but we can use any resource. I have gotten away from those materials but it's great to find some new ideas for them as well as some ways to integrate my SMARTboard into a math morning meeting. :) Great things to think about! Thanks!

    Lindsey at Forever First Grade

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  9. These are wonderful! We use Investigations also and daily calendar doesn't provide enough practice in the new standards. Will you possibly be sharing or selling these slides? Thanks! Karyn

  10. Thanks for this wonderful post and for sharing your ideas. I'm going to share this with my preservice teachers as we talk about building number routines in the classroom.

    For your readers who haven't seen the NUMBER SENSE ROUTINES book, they can read it online (and download) at the Stenhouse web site. Here's the link.

    Bookish Ways in Math and Science

  11. I absolutely love your slides and I can see how easily one can incorporate additional number sense activities into ones routine. Are you considering sharing/ selling the slides? Thanks or your wonderful ideas!

  12. FABULOUS post! Thank you for sharing all your cute ideas and the flipchart pages look so clean and fresh.

    1. Thank you so much Mrs. Wright! Your video was such an inspiration!

  13. Do you have your Investigations based calendar for sale on TpT? We just adopted the newest version of Investigations in our district (K-5). I'm teaching first grade and would love to use your activties!! Will you email me and let me know if I can purchase the SmartNotebook or PP files from you?


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  17. I wish that I had read this post sooner! I will definitely be incorporating this into math next year! Do you have your Power Point for sale? Is this something yo would share? Thanks!

  18. This is fabulous! Is your power point available for purchase? I would love to use this in my classroom? Thanks!


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