Thursday, August 16, 2012

Math Workshop

I don't know about you, but I have such a hard time figuring out how to fit in Daily 5 and Guided Math into my third grade classroom.  Reading all my bloggy friends blogs about these topics gets me excited, but then the reality of my own teaching day sink in and I realize that it won't work.  I have so much I have to fit into third grade before the state tests in March and I have my district curriculum needless to say....I get frustrated!

I'm excited to say that I think I finally figured it out!  I read a great book this summer called Guided Math that I got from Amazon.  I know there were a lot of book studies about this book, but I never was ready to read it.
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After I read the book, I realized that I already was incorporating a lot of the ideas in my classroom but I didn't label it guided math time.  I called it math.  So this year I want to include more aspects of the guided math ideas but I am calling it Math Workshop. 

I am going to start each day out by doing a math warm up and then I will teach a whole class math lesson.  Then based on how my students did in the math lesson, I will assign them an activity to do.  Here is a picture of my Math Workshop signs.

I have Practice Facts, Math Game, Meet with the Teacher, Use Manipulatively, Problem Solving, Task Cards, and Test Prep.  This way I can meet the needs of my students using class data and NWEA data.  I can also differentiate my excited! 

I printed the signs out as a 6 slide on one page.  Then I cut them out and laminated them.  I also made name cards to put next to each activity.  I used my wonderful $1.00 pocket chart from Target.  Here is a picture of my finished product.

I'm really excited that I FINALLY figured out how to teach Math this year.  I'll let you all know once the school year is going to see if it is working out.  What do you think????

Happy Wednesday!



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