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Guided Math

Have you been wanting to try guided math or math stations in your room but aren't sure how to manage it all?  I wanted to share with you briefly how I run math stations in my room.

First, it's important to keep in mind that I have a class of students in 2 grade levels who all have special needs.  My students this year need to work on anything from identifying numbers to multiplication.  Because of that, I don't really do whole group teaching.  However, I usually start math time with a whole group number talk or number sense routine which takes about 5-10 minutes.

I haven't been back in my classroom to fully set this up for this year so sorry the pictures are not the best (The signs aren't attached to the containers either).

Next we break into stations.  I have 4 stations (TIME) and my students do all 4 every day.

1. Teacher - This is where I teach small group lessons.  I also may introduce new games during this time so that I can differentiate it to meet the needs of that group.

2. Independent work - I try to have my students go from meeting with me straight to independent work.  That way the lesson is fresh in their mind.  During this time my students might do a worksheet, solve problems in their journals, take pre and post assessments, or work in their math textbook.

3. Math Facts - All of my students need to work on math facts!  This station has flash cards and games students can use to practice their facts.  At this time, students can also take timed math fact tests.

4. Explore Math - This is where all the great games and activities I get on TPT and Teachers Notebook go.  I rotate games based on skills I want students to work on and the season.

Obviously, this was a VERY brief explanation of my stations.  I explain in more detail (11 pages of detail) in my Math Stations Kit.  The kit has 3 sets of rotation board cards - 1 using the acronym TIME, 1 for MATH (math facts, at your seat, teacher, hands -on), and 1 blank set.  I also included some management forms, my lesson plan template, and my math journal cover.  Grab your copy in my Teachers Notebook Store.

5 comments on "Guided Math"
  1. Thanks for this post! I so need to find something that works for me. I'm always looking for good ideas during math. This is great!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  2. Thank you! I just finished printing your September Literacy Menu & love it!

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  4. I'm your newest follower and I love this! I have been looking for a way to work with my handful of kids that receive math services! I just started the whole blog thing! My blog is The Aud Classroom

  5. Welcome to the blogging world Audra! I'm your newest follower! I really like running math this way...stay tuned, I'll be posting more about my math block as school starts.


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