Sunday, October 21, 2018

Guided Math

Me, Reagan Tunstall and my BFF Adrienne
On October 1st I had the opportunity to attend Reagan Tunstall's Guided Math Game Plan Conference with my best friend. It was simply amazing! I always considered myself a reading person, my strength, I felt, was teaching reading. Well after attending this conference I now feel like I'm a pretty good math teacher as well!

If you can't make it to one of her conferences she has a step by step guide on Teachers Pay Teachers on How To Launch Guided Math. I highly recommend downloading it and reading through it if you are at all interested in guided math. 

I wanted to share my plan on how I plan to implement guided math with my 2nd graders. 

Based on Reagan Tunstall's recommendations my 70 minute math block should be broken up like this:
Warm Up- 7 minutes
Whole Group- 18 minutes
Small Group- 38 minutes
Reflection- 7 minutes
I chose to break of my block like this:
Warm Up- 10 minutes
Spiral Review- 10 minutes
Whole Group Mini Lesson- 10 minutes
Small Group- Two 12 minute groups
Review Journal- 5 minutes
Reflection- 10 minutes
Here's what each component looks like in my classroom and links to the resources I'm using:

Warm Up- I decided to use Reagan Tunstall's Math Warm Ups for 2nd Grade. The students really enjoy them and it keeps them engaged. 

This was our Workout Wednesday Warm Up

Spiral Review- Back in May I blogged about implementing Daily Math Review in my 2nd grade classroom. I could have done away with it in lieu of the math warm ups but I have already created the booklets and my students love working in them daily. 

Whole Group Mini Lesson- I've been using lessons from The Moffatt Girls during my whole group lessons. Since it is a growing bundle every concept is available yet. I've been supplementing with resources from Amy Lemons and Reagan Tunstall

Journal Entry- After whole group and before math rotations begin, students have to complete a journal entry. I'm using handouts from The Moffatt Girls Math Made Fun bundle and shrinking them to 85% for students to glue and complete in their composition journals. Students can not begin their first rotation until their journal entry is completed. 

Rotations- I have 5 math groups that do 2 rotations a day, which means each group will visit each MATHS rotation twice a week. 

Math Facts- students practice their basic math facts at this rotation, it includes flash cards and centers on basic facts (the centers are from the Moffatt Girls Bundle)
Math Facts Activity
At Your Seat- students complete a math menu at this rotation, I use menus from Teacher's Clubhouse and Choose and Do Math Grids

Teacher Table- this is my small group rotation and where the bulk of my teaching happens, I use a variety of engaging activities to instruct students while they're in a small group with me, most of the lessons come from the Moffatt Girls Bundle
Odd/Even Small Group Activity
Hands On- students at this station work with math manipulatives and math mats, I also keep Flip and Solve Booklets at this station for students to work on as well 
Hands on Activity with Color Cubes and Math Mats
Stations- students at this station work with math puzzles and centers from the Moffatt Girls Bundle (as you can see I'm getting my money's worth with that bundle!)
Odd/Even Numbers Station
Review- After our two 12 minute rotations I briefly go over the journal entry while students check their work. 

Reflection- We do this to wrap up Math Workshop. I use the Reflection Cards from Reagan Tunstall, students share in partners or with their tables. These can be used in any subject area, not just math. 
Table Reflections
We've been going strong in guided math for about 3 weeks now and I love it! My students are really mastering the math concepts and it shows in their assessment scores.