In an effort to help keep up during this unique and wonderful month, I am sharing some tried and true December classroom favorites to ensure you are staying on track with teaching in December! There’s such a fine line between embracing the wonder of the season and keeping your management and academics on track! These […]

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]]>In an effort to help keep up during this unique and wonderful month, I am sharing some tried and true December classroom favorites to ensure you are staying on track with teaching in December! There’s such a fine line between embracing the wonder of the season and keeping your management and academics on track! These December resources cover the standards while providing a cross curricular structure and routine! …Plus they are engaging!

Keeping writer’s workshop going strong in December can be easy, and dare I say it, full of growth! There are such motivating topics to push students to grow naturally in the month of December! I have 8 writing mini-lessons that can span one day to one week each! More than you can even teach but all that you’ll want to make time for! Lesson plans, writing templates, and fun seasonal extensions ensure staying on track with teaching in December! Find it here for grades K, 1, and 2.

Incorporating social studies, writing, and reading through Holidays Around the World is always fun! Here’s a post all about making the trip around the world in December.

Enjoying the many versions of the gingerbread story in December is a MUST DO for reading. There’s just so much to love about guessing if this version will cause dear Gingy to lose his little life or not at the end. Beyond reading, there’s so much to learn using the highly exciting topic of gingerbread! In fact, I am compiling 12 activities into a fun gingerbread folding interactive book! Find out more here!

Save the decorating for the very end as a ~~bribe~~ motivator for quality work and completion of activities. This ensures that the adorable gingerbread house books will stay in tact. The activities inside can take anywhere from a week to three weeks depending how often and how much time you want to devote to it. I typically spend 30 mins a day completing one activity per day over two weeks. Some of the activities that are not tied to an experiment or class activity can be done in a center independently.

Whether you can study holiday themes or can not, there’s something exciting about studying caribou or reindeer in December! (Activities for both included) Incorporate science and social studies with writing while you explore the fun world of caribou! An integrated unit that ties whimsical with real-life.

These hands-on, differentiated winter centers are seasonal but are also standards aligned to ensure every math + literacy standard is met. Each station has the standard located directly on them with fun, novel themes that will keep students engaged all winter long! These centers span K-2 standards to allow for differentiation through remediation and extension.

If you aren’t able to teach to the Christmas related themes during December or you want to get a kick start on January, Snowman Science is a terrific way to teach states of matter while tying in many cross-curricular skills at once!

If you do not celebrate, here’s a terrific science unit that covers arctic animals. Students learn about the animals, their adaptations, their habitats, and more! This is also perfect for January!

If you love these interactive, cross-curricular books, there’s more where these came from! I have two bundles of books to take you through the entire year! Click the pictures to see more information about getting them for your classroom!

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]]>Fall math and literacy workstations help students apply skills and have fun! Let’s take a look at some seasonal stations that are standards aligned. Fall Math and Literacy Workstations Primary students need to practice and apply the skills and concepts they learn in lessons. This series of math and literacy centers provides 24 station activities […]

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]]>Fall math and literacy workstations help students apply skills and have fun! Let’s take a look at some seasonal stations that are standards aligned.

Primary students need to practice and apply the skills and concepts they learn in lessons. This series of math and literacy centers provides 24 station activities for each season! Let’s take a look at a few of the literacy activities included.

From leaves to pumpkin pie, these seasonal centers provide novelty and engagement for skills practice! Each center has standards alignment to make it easy to coordinate to your lesson plan needs!

Choose whether you want CC or TEKS on the instruction page for each game.

The concepts in the literacy centers include sight words, letters, phonics, writing, and parts of speech plus more!

It’s always fun to practice math in hands-on engaging centers! The 12 included math stations ensure students cover a variety of important skills.

Take a look at a few math station activities. There are 12 total stations.

Considering implementing math stations, but haven’t quite figured out how to make it work? Check out this blog post for more info on Guided Math.

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]]>Join me, Reagan Tunstall, up close and personal with my guided math playbook in an engaging full day Guided Math Conference! Become “game day ready” with this in-depth, play-by-play guided math game plan conference featuring hands-on demonstrations, classroom-tested management strategies, and real-life classroom photos and videos. I focus on the classroom application of the components […]

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]]>Join me, Reagan Tunstall, up close and personal with my guided math playbook in an engaging full day Guided Math Conference!

Become “game day ready” with this in-depth, play-by-play **guided math game plan conference** featuring hands-on demonstrations, classroom-tested management strategies, and real-life classroom photos and videos. I focus on the classroom application of the components of Guided Math. What does it look like in a real classroom? You will watch how I “run the plays” during my math block. We will see inside of other guided math classrooms and learn best practices together.

**From intercepting management mishaps to running guided math plays with no fumbles, I will coach you through practical strategies to ensure you become a math MVP to your students and school!**

Gain an in-depth explanation of the components of guided math through classroom research, video, photos, and experiences. From warm-up and whole group mini-lessons to teacher-led small groups and centers rotations, get the BIG picture of what guided math is while at the same time having guidance in the details of each component through discussion and real classroom examples.

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We will tackle the tough issues like differentiation and behavior management together! You will walk away with practical solutions that are classroom-ready! Discover how to incorporate all of the important guided math components in a way that makes students cheer for math time and teachers teach with total confidence.

Join me for this exciting opportunity to transform your math block and inspire your instruction!

If you would like to see more of the resources that I have available for grades K-4, check out this post!

I have a free resource explanation and guide available. This reference is perfect if you are struggling with getting guided math started or what resources to choose and when. Just click HERE or click the words below to grab the free download! It should help to clear up how the different resources fit into the guided math block! Want to see the standards alignment for your grade level? It’s linked in there for you too!

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]]>Creating consistent and meaningful writing mini-lessons is a daunting task even for an experienced teacher. A writing workshop session with 26 pencil yielding primary students can sometimes leave us feeling like we also need psychology and philosophy degrees. Having consistent writing mini-lessons for the year is challenging, but I hope I can share some insight on […]

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]]>Creating consistent and meaningful **writing mini-lessons** is a daunting task even for an experienced teacher. A writing workshop session with 26 pencil yielding primary students can sometimes leave us feeling like we also need psychology and philosophy degrees. Having consistent **writing mini-lessons for the year** is challenging, but I hope I can share some insight on how I work through the standards and help foster the love of writing along the way!

Once I began feeling more confident with reading and math as a new teacher, I allowed myself to focus on understanding and developing writing lessons for two full years. During this time I focused on reading professional development books on teaching writing.

I also reached out to mentor teachers to come in an share their expertise in this area with my students and myself. This was one of the most valuable tools. Reaching out and asking for mentor teachers to come into my classroom and demonstrate lessons allowed me to experience the lesson right in the safety of my own classroom with my own students. This time spent on reading research and experimenting with my students, helped me to come to realizations about teaching writing.

I learned that teaching writing has powerful breakthrough moments. Cue the single tear rolling down my cheek as I read a touching moment shared with voice, expressive vocabulary choice, and proper spacing in student writing. There are also periods of time where we feel like I hit a lull in what comes out of the lessons and just need to continue to be consistent in the instruction exposing new delivery methods and engaging topics.

Integrating science and social studies in my writing began as a natural connection to the world around us and how we relate to it. As a teacher with a limited amount of time each day, this connection also makes sense because I am able to teach three important sets of standards through integration. I find a lot of inspiration from looking at the seasonal changes in theme, science standards, and natural connections to our community and world around us.

Consistency in exposing students to great traits and then allowing them the time to apply it in their own writing is crucial. Students can’t develop their writing without being given the time to write. If we simply ask students to write without exposing them to new goals and traits of great writing, we will continue to get the same writing back. It isn’t about flashy bulletin board writing, but in the simple day to day exposure and practice through writing mini-lessons.

Let’s take a look at a writing mini-lesson from beginning to end. I have developed a full year of writing mini-lessons for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

This writing mini-lesson is taken from September. It is a beginning of the year lesson that helps students to express themselves and their interests with classmates and then becomes an all about me writing. The lesson begins with a read aloud of (af) Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partidge. In this story, a character shares memories of life through a Me Bag. Following the story, teacher shares a couple special life moments from items in a “me bag” to help students connect to the story and the idea of sharing life moments through objects.

Students take home an empty “me bag” with a note explaining the types of items students can bring in to share. The focus is on personal events or special moments shared with family or friends.

Students then get a turn to share from their me bag memories. This can be done one item at a time or one student at a time. The items and their memory are now future writing topics for that student to refer back to when it is time to write. It also helps students to connect with each other and build classroom community.

Another lesson from September writing mini-lessons in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade is All About Me writing. This lesson will carry over multiple days. It can be highly structured or you can use a template that is less structured if your students are ready to write more independently. To begin, we discuss that great writing has details. Details give information. We relate this to a self portrait. Using a mirror we study our faces and the small details that make us special. To engage students, we start with a self portrait including as many details as we can.

Once we have penciled in our self portrait, students (or teacher) will use a sharpie to trace over the lines. Next, students fill in with color or marker.

Teacher then introduces the sentence stems and allows students to stretch sounds to fill in those blanks. For more independent writers, the sentence stems have been removed.

Students can also use the sentence stems as a rough draft copy and then can transfer to writing the full sentences out themselves.

Students now have a writing piece complete with an art component. This mini-lesson has both supported templates and well as less supported writing lines. This helps reach the unique ability levels we find in our classrooms each year. The examples below show the more supported template as the finished product.

The mini-lessons in the bundles for each grade level have lessons like this one that can run over multiple days to completion as well as writing mini-lessons that are completed in just one or two sessions. The example below shows a less supported template.

Another tip I love to share is to keep rough drafts below final drafts. Writing is a beautiful process. Celebrate the messiness of creating a piece of writing! It’s a badge of honor!

I have developed writing mini-lessons like the two I shared here for each month of the school year. There are 8 mini-lessons for each month. Some will span a few days and others will just be a daily lesson. The lessons are aligned to the common core and the Texas Teks. Below you can find the links for Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

**Kindergarten Bundle of Writing Lessons for the Year**

**First Grade Bundle of Writing Lessons for the Year**

**Second Grade Bundle of Writing Lessons for the Year**

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]]>Setting up Guided Math in K-5 Implementing the guided math structure in a math block can feel overwhelming at first. Where do I start? What must be in place for implementation and what comes later? Why does my structure differ from the teacher next door? Is one of us right and one of us wrong? […]

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]]>Implementing the guided math structure in a math block can feel overwhelming at first. Where do I start? What must be in place for implementation and what comes later? Why does my structure differ from the teacher next door? Is one of us right and one of us wrong? During the summer I receive lots of wonderful messages, emails, and questions asking for the essentials. I hope this blog post on setting up guided math can lay this out for you and give you that reassurance that you are ready for your best year of math yet!

Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have it all figured out on day 1. In fact, you will probably change a lot of your plan as you launch and see how students respond. For this reason, your guided math could, and probably should, not look exactly like the teacher next door’s guided math. While we may plan to do things like our teacher BFFs, it’s ok if that plan shifts along the way!

Let’s talk about a few things to have in place from the beginning.

Of course, we want to put a high priority on setting expectations from the beginning with a signal, voice level explanations, and clean-up procedures, but my main tip here is that the higher and more strict your expectation, the better behavior you will demand and get back from students. This is not done in a mean or ugly tone, but rather the opposite. Letting students know that this part of the day is a HUGE DEAL and you can’t wait to get into it with them is key. If you treat the math block as the holy grail of privileges that they must earn, they will too! Think about those professors or teachers you have had in your life that just demanded MORE from you. You wanted to please them and to make them proud. How can you make it so students want to give you just a little more in a positive way?

If something isn’t done right, it’s not time to get mad or get ugly. It’s time to close that choice or rotation and reteach it. If the expectation isn’t reached, we don’t do it until we try again and prove that we can do more. I know we could discuss the ins and outs of this for days. What if it is just one student out of compliance? (Remove the student from the activity and enforce a consequence after two removals.) What if students aren’t buying in? (Take a look at the activities you are providing. Are they engaging and appropriate to the level of your learners?) Sprinkle in the magic to make it fun and engaging.

One thing that can bring the most peace to both teacher and students is a consistent management system. Whether you like a good wall rotation chart or you like to get techie with your darn self, having a clear consistent rotation system will calm the chaos providing a structure to take the pressure off of you being able to direct the orchestra of the guided math block. In order to implement a structure, you do need to make some decisions. This is why I don’t start my students on the system until we are at least 3 weeks into learning each station and its expectations. My teacher goal in the launch phase is to get students up to standards so they can transition into the system that I have planned. Here are examples of three systems I have used over the years.

**Editable Math Stack Rotation Timer**

How do we juggle all this setup and training with content? We don’t want to get behind on the important and never ceasing introduction of new math information, yet we need time to learn, practice, and apply the components and rotations for the guided math block. The way that I have handled this issue is to begin the math block as you normally would. Start with your math warm-up (number talk or problem of the day) and then move into your whole group math mini-lesson. From there I decide if there is any guided practice or independent practice that I want students to complete on the lesson. Because it is the beginning of the school year and attention spans are not the highest they can be yet, I typically complete this in less time than expected. This allows me to use the remaining 20-30 minutes to practice our rotation expectations for the day. Until I have taught and practiced each rotation choice I am introducing, I use this structure each day. Begin with your regular content and then practice and explore each rotation as students reach expectations.

Here is a **free downloadable breakdown of the guided math resources** I have for K-4. (5th is coming in November) In this guide, you will also find a free launch guide to help you implement!

One staple in the guided math block is a math warm-up. This serves two main purposes. One is to review and apply the math learning in new ways. Second, this math warm-up allows students to share the process of problem solving and strategizing with teacher and classmates. A math warm-up or number talk is about the process of solving over just having a correct answer. Being able to share your thinking and math process is key. For grades 3-5 a problem of the day format also adds a layer of test prep to the process which can be beneficial as students must show mastery in the abstract world of testing.

For the K-2 crowd (as well as 3-5) a fun mixture of math warm-ups hitting on a multitude of skills for problem solving.

Through my career, I changed the types of activities that I had out during rotations. I spent years in a math menu self-pacing structure with 10 different activity choices, then went in the opposite direction with half as many choices, and a more rigid structure of rotation choice. This was not because my philosophy of teaching changed, but because the make up of students and needs changed within my classroom walls. To shed more light on rotation structure and choice, I have two blog posts that can help!

Setting up Guided Math K-5 is a lot of work at the beginning, however, as with most procedures in the classroom, once established, you will be reaping the benefits for weeks and months to come. You start out slow, but soon enough, you will be ending fast. Establishing the routine now will ensure that later on the main focus is just content. The ultimate goal of setting up Guided Math is for students to move from dependent thinkers to independent thinkers in a risk-free environment. We work to set up a system where students can actively learn and explore math while we are working one-on-one or in small targeted math groups with learners to help take their math understanding to new higher levels. Ultimately, Guided Math is used so we teachers can differentiate the content to all our learners. So our most struggling learners feel successful and gain confidence while our high achievers feel mentally stimulated and challenged. Once we have set up the Guided Math foundation in our classroom, then we can teach the content and reach our learners.

**Kindergarten Guided Math Bundle**

**First Grade Guided Math Bundle**

**Second Grade Guided Math Bundle**

**Third Grade Guided Math Bundle**

**Fourth Grade Guided Math Bundle**

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]]>The Math Tools “toolkit” for small group instruction and support through reference mats, charts, and visuals for independent station and center work is here! Actually it has been updated and has doubled in the amount of tools it contains! In this post, I share organization ideas as well as a peek as some of the […]

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]]>The Math Tools “toolkit” for small group instruction and support through reference mats, charts, and visuals for independent station and center work is here! Actually it has been updated and has doubled in the amount of tools it contains! In this post, I share organization ideas as well as a peek as some of the support tools included! Let’s jump in.

This resource was created out of a need I saw in my guided math classroom. While teaching at the small group table, I would occasionally have to get up to go reference a chart or a wall display to remind students of a concept or a lesson.

These small interruptions, cause students to become less focused while eating away at those important small group minutes. At the same time, I had students that would need help on an independent station or center activity while away from the small group table. Again this would create another interruption. Students really just needed a small support tool to help keep them on track. For these two reasons, I began creating all of the support tools that would be necessary for the entire year of instruction. This toolkit now contains tools for k-5 learners which helps you differentiate on the spot no matter what level of learners you have in your classroom!

When I first began using math tools in my classroom, I created a set for each student. These reference tools went in each student’s math journal in a cute little pocket. This system was fine, but as the year went on and tools were misplaced or lost, I ended up making a** community set of math tools**. Students were able to find what they needed easily so I opted for that easier option the next year! I created a few community sets of tools and never looked back!

One way I shared the tools with students was to have them in a folder or a binder. I updated the labels to meet many different size needs.

If you like students to have math tools folders or even want to just create a few community binders, you can house them in a fun container!

I prefer buckets, bins, and tubs with little hands. There’s an ease to grabbing a tool and tossing it back in the bin that I appreciate with the primary grades.

These tools are designed for various learners in a wide range of grade levels. They meet the needs for conceptual and visual learning for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Below is a list of the support tools.

- 1-10 visual representations
- number words 1-20 and decades
- odd and even
- five frames
- ten frames
- twenty frames
- number lines
- (0-10)
- (0-20)
- (negative)
- (blank with lines)
- (blank)
- (fraction)

- fraction bars
- hundred chart
- (big and small)
- (odd & even)
- (blank)

- reversed (inverted)
- one hundred twenty chart
- hundred chart

- one hundred twenty chart
- (big and small)
- (odd & even)
- (blank)

- addition chart
- multiplication chart

- part part whole mats
- number bond mats
- related facts mat
- place value words and places
- (millions to thousandths)
- (hundred thousands to thousandths)
- (thousands to ones) place value words and places
- (hundreds to ones) place value words and places
- (tens and ones) place value words and places

- place value charts
- (tens and ones)
- (hundreds, tens, and ones)
- (thousands, hundreds, tens, & ones)
- (hundred thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, & ones)

- base ten block models
- (thousands, hundreds, tens, & ones)
- (hundreds, tens, & ones)
- (tens & ones)

- number forms (model, standard form, expanded form, written form)
- Coins (heads, tails, word, & value)
- U.S. coins
- Canadian coins
- Australian coins

- greater than, less than, equal to visual
- keywords for problem solving
- (addition, subtraction, multiplication & division)
- (addition & subtraction)

- numbers with counting points
- days of the week
- months of the year
- plane shapes

- solid figures
- fair shares
- fractions
- decimals
- time
- volume and capacity (customary & metric)
- weight and mass (customary & metric)
- length (customary & metric)
- inch ruler
- inch rule with half inch increments
- inches and centimeter ruler
- clock (just hours)
- clock (with minutes)
- thermometer (blank)
- thermometer (with numbers)
- perimeter and area
- volume

For more on the structure of guided math and how to manage your math block, check out this post!

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]]>I want to answer and clarify how my guided math resources work together for each component of guided math! And while we are at it, what exactly is guided math? What are the components and why is it the best for our students? let’s start with the first question. WHAT IS GUIDED MATH, REALLY? I […]

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]]>I want to answer and clarify how my **guided math resources** work together for each component of guided math! And while we are at it, what exactly is guided math? What are the components and why is it the best for our students? let’s start with the first question.

I love to research and read as much as I can about guided math. Although not all research about guided math says the same thing, amazingly every guided math book, article, and post agrees on one important thing. **The purpose of guided math is to meet the developmental needs of students as they learn math concepts.** YES!

It looks slightly different from classroom to classroom, but no one is right or better than the next. When someone has success with guided math most likely it is because of consistency, high expectations, hard work and preparation put into providing students with engaging activities during their guided math block!

Even when we put love and effort into our planning, we all have terrific days and tough days. Over the last ten years as I taught this structure, I have had success and frustration. With that, I have continued to push and modify. Just when I felt I had it all figured out, a new group of students entered the room. Every year looks slightly different than the last. Just like guided reading, guided math is a process with many moving parts. What is essential in guided math, is **structure, expectations, and resources**.

Whether you have 60 minutes or 90 minutes, imagine breaking your time up into 4 categories. The big difference is rather than spending the majority of time in whole group, we want to provide a structure that allows students to be active learners rather than sitting in a long drawn out lesson that may or may not meet their mathematical needs. For each component, I have created guided math resources that will cover all your teaching needs!

We begin at the math warm-up. This is a way to hit the previously taught concepts.

In our district, we have priority standards for a certain amount of time and then we have no less than 20 other standards that we are supposed to magically review every day as well. **Hello impossible, my name is Reagan, nice to meet you**. In order to keep just some of my hair from falling out from stress, I have written easy math warm-ups for spiral reviewing. Why spiral you ask? Or perhaps you didn’t ask. Let me tell you! The math warm-up is a way to kick off the learning for the day.

We can explore, refine, and communicate our thinking on concepts that we are familiar with. At the same time, we are always building on our learning and reaching new levels of understanding. If we simply teach a concept during it’s specified time of year and do not continue to visit and expand that understanding, we lose that level of understanding or forget altogether after months have gone by!

Perhaps the biggest difference in guided math from traditional math is the mini-lesson in order to give up that time to small groups. We all know that teaching whole group doesn’t meet the needs of every learner. Providing a powerful mini-lesson gets every student familiar with a concept but allows teacher and students to spend instructional time in a more focused personalized manner.

Knowing what to do in a whole group lesson followed up by differentiated small group can be a little overwhelming at first. What should I tell everyone? What should I save for groups? How do I ensure that I am meeting my student’s needs? How long should I spend on each concept? What if a group is moving much faster than the rest? I have taken my guided math lesson plans and created whole group and differentiated small group lessons covering every TEK and CC standard.

Once you have taught your mini-lesson, it is time to break into rotations. This blog post will share 6 different rotation systems if you aren’t sure how you want to break up your time. Guided math rotations allow a classroom of 20+ to be in manageable groups of 4-6 students. Depending on your resources, you can choose what activities you want your students to complete at each rotation. I have found it works best if you stay consistent in your choices for students daily. Having my small group lesson plans and differentiated activities to play will make it easy for you and exciting for students.

When it comes to rotation choices, I use MATH STACK which is an acronym that provides 5 stations. Each letter in the word STACK stands for a station activity. Together these rotation activities create a well-rounded math student! There is no need to do all 5 every day if it doesn’t fit your schedule. In fact, I have shared how to break this system down into 6 different math block schedules! For now, I am just going to share about the purpose of each of the rotations in STACK.

Allowing students to practice their math concepts on technology has benefits beyond the obvious engagement factor it brings to students. Math on technology provides multiple representations of concepts while also providing instant and corrective feedback.

This math station is an independent practice station. Teacher can collect a grade and more importantly see how students are able to apply the learning out of the small group setting and without help. The apply station follows a day behind the small group lesson or even a few days behind so that students have time to understand a concept before being expected to complete it independently.

A few years ago, our district implemented math journals as part of our math block K-12. I wanted to provide students with age-appropriate activities for their journals. Students quickly let me know that they loved this! I was nervous to try anything but centers for all my rotations, but this was an instant HIT with my students. Over time I created math journal activities for every day of the school year. First I focused on spiral reviewing skills through the year since that is so important to building that fluency and foundation of understanding throughout the year.

I also created a whole second set of numbers notebooks which focus on each math strand for 20 different lessons. This way, we want to focus on a particular skill, it is easy to find it and give students that skill. Personally, I think a combination of both the math journal (spiral review) and numbers notebook (single concept focus) is just perfect!

Most teachers think of hands-on **math centers** when they hear about **guided math**. This isn’t a new thing and it is a BIG favorite of students. I used to have every rotation be a different math center when I first began guided math. The issue I had with this was the amount of prep I was going through in order to maintain this system! Of course, the great news is that once you have prepped your centers, they are going to work for you for years to come. I still wanted to figure out a better way.

I began by creating monthly math centers to provide students the opportunity to practice, apply, and strategize independent concepts. Just because I was introducing place value in whole group and small group did not mean that students were independent with it and ready to go do an activity in a math tub. Some students hadn’t even been to my small group yet and were heading to a math center. I strongly believe that our rotations are opportunities for our students to become fluent on previously learned concepts that take numerous chances to practice and apply. Remember the impossible number of spiral review standards we have for the month? This is how we meet that requirement!

I have a variety of center sets that either spiral review or focus on one strand at a time so you can choose what fits your needs best.

The last piece of the guided math puzzle is to have a system for rotating your students through their rotations. It doesn’t matter if you want to rotate through everything every day like I do, or if you want to spread it over your week. Having a rotation system is important for consistency and providing a visual expectation. This blog post shares 6 different math rotation structures.

A guided math reflection like any other reflection, is meant to help students think about their learning. This can be done in many fun ways! We certainly want to teach students how to reflect in a way that is meaningful. This process helps students to make that connection during the actual act of learning. Instead of the end as you become more focused on getting to lunch on time than on a meaningful reflection. I mean it’s real life, right? In order to keep reflection exciting and fun, I created themed reflection cards.

Another type of lesson reflection is done through an exit ticket, quiz, or assessment. These are also ways to close out the lesson and see how students are doing with the learning.

I have a free resource explanation and guide available. This reference is perfect if you are struggling with getting guided math started or what resources to choose and when. Just click HERE or click the words below to grab the free download! It should help to clear up how the different resources fit into the guided math block! Want to see the standards alignment for your grade level? It’s linked in there for you too!

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]]>Are you looking for resources to help review and refine your math skills? This math freebie is differentiated for Kinder, first, and second grade. These no prep, print and go worksheets include one more, one less, ten more, ten less, 2D & 3D shapes, comparing numbers to 20 and to 120, and addition within 10, […]

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]]>Are you looking for resources to help review and refine your math skills? This math freebie is differentiated for Kinder, first, and second grade. These no prep, print and go worksheets include one more, one less, ten more, ten less, 2D & 3D shapes, comparing numbers to 20 and to 120, and addition within 10, 20, 100. Below I am sharing the **free printable math practice pages**. Just click the image or link below. Once at my TpT store click the red download button under free download.

**FREE printable math practice pages**

Are you losing love for the laminator? Take these 10 write and wipe centers straight from the printer to write and wipe pockets and leave the laminator behind! Students can write answers right on the pocket sleeves during math rotations, or you can also add accountability with the little half sheet recording booklet that’s made just for you to staple out of the printer. I’ve got your back. No more cutting and sorting pages. Simply staple all ten recording sheets and send students out to fill their booklets!

The write and wipe centers come in sets of ten for each math strand or you can get the bundle **HERE**!

Hands on learning is my go to mode of delivery in an engaged workshop classroom, but it is important to bring students through the math development continuum, with practice in abstract math. This also allows us to take a grade and assess how students are doing with the skills being taught in class. For this reason, I have math supplements sets! There are three types of math supplements that I use.

Math Supplements Practice Pages for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade allow teacher to take a grade on student learning! Place these printable practice pages in a workstation or math center for independent practice and skills refinement. Topics: number sense, addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, money, telling time, graphs & data, measurement.

**Kindergarten Practice Pages Bundle**

**First Grade Practice Pages Bundle**

**Second Grade Practice Pages Bundle**

Math Supplements Exit Tickets for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade allow teacher to take a grade on student learning! Exit tickets are the perfect lesson closer, mini-assessment, or guided practice activity. Topics: number sense, addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, money, telling time, graphs & data, measurement. Easy to just print and staple! No page sorting required here!

**Kindergarten Exit Tickets Bundle**

**First Grade Exit Tickets Bundle**

**Second Grade Exit Tickets Bundle**

Math Supplements Number Chats for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade allow teacher to use number talks easily! Number chats can be projected or placed under a document camera at the start of a math lesson or as a discussion point in a math meeting! Topics: number sense, addition, subtraction, place value, geometry, money, telling time, graphs & data, measurement.

**Kindergarten Number Chats Bundle**

**First Grade Number Chats Bundle**

**Second Grade Number Chats Bundle**

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]]>This unit provides interactive science activities to teach all about butterflies! Tie in a fascinating subject like butterflies to your science standards with this unit. Fill your own science notebook or create a 3-dimensional interactive butterfly science book full of interactive hands on science lessons on parts of a butterfly, butterfly life cycle, a butterfly demonstration, and […]

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]]>This unit provides interactive science activities to teach all about butterflies! Tie in a fascinating subject like butterflies to your science standards with this unit. Fill your own science notebook or create a 3-dimensional **interactive butterfly science** book full of interactive hands on science lessons on parts of a butterfly, butterfly life cycle, a butterfly demonstration, and more! These lap books make for great STEM resources for kindergarten, first, and second grade.

**Interactive Butterfly**** ****Science** is a fun-filled way to teach students to be a part of the scientific method while learning all about butterflies! Simple activities can be paired with age-appropriate research and read alouds to make a memorable discovery booklet about butterflies!

Whether you keep all of your fun hands-on investigations in an interactive butterfly keepsake book or put them right into a science journal, you will have a record of learning about butterflies.

With so many fun lessons, you pick and choose the activities and pair them with your favorite read alouds, videos, and sing-alongs! Spend 15 minutes a day or more over a week’s time to create a memorable interactive unit!

- Label a Butterfly
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly
- Facts of a Butterfly
- Butterfly Vocabulary
- Adaptations for Life
- Reflections on Learning
- Butterfly Observation Log
- Butterfly Nectar Demonstration
- Butterflies Can-Have-Are Tree Map
- Butterflies Writing Paper

With so many lessons at your fingertips, it can be overwhelming to know how to deliver the content! What I like to do is gather an assortment of read alouds both fiction and non-fiction. Create a desktop folder of butterfly video clips that either allow students to learn facts, or observe butterflies. Then each day, choose a video, story (or both) that pair well with an activity. This format works very well. Once students are familiar and comfortable with their books and the format of the activities, you can include some activities into stations. I like to put easier activities into the writing center with pictures of butterflies and read alouds.

To culminate all of the rich learning, students can write an informational piece of writing all about butterflies!

Students work as scientists to apply their research through activities such as sorting and classifying.

If you enjoy this type of teaching tool, I have 32 of these books spanning science and social studies topics for the entire school year! Be sure to check out this post to learn more!

Science and Social Studies Topics 1

Science and Social Studies Topics 2

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]]>Keeping up with math centers prep can be an uphill battle, but having engaging standards based centers for independent student rotations is worth its weight in gold jean passes. To help ease the prep yet keep the excitement and engagement high, I am sharing a new line of math centers called Write and Wipe Math Centers. […]

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]]>Keeping up with math centers prep can be an uphill battle, but having engaging standards based centers for independent student rotations is worth its weight in ~~gold~~ jean passes. To help ease the prep yet keep the excitement and engagement high, I am sharing a new line of math centers called **Write and Wipe Math Centers**.

This post will focus on addition. The skills covered in the addition set of the write and wipe centers are shown below. I am sharing the color version of these centers, but they also come in black and white.

The way that I use math centers fits into my **MATH STACK**

Here’s a look at the write and wipe activities included addition set. Each activity fits into a sheet protector or a write and wipe sleeve. If you need write and wipe sleeves, you can find them HERE (affiliate link) on ETAhand2mind.

I could talk for an hour about centers accountability and my experiences with it through the years as I used the guided math framework, but to keep it short and simple, I have included a little half page simple prep copy and staple book that students can tuck into their math folder. This gives a written record of each of the 10 addition centers included. If you would rather not make a book out of it, simply don’t staple it and then you have 10 individual centers recording sheets. This is an optional item and is not needed to complete the centers.

If you are interested in the addition write and wipe centers, any of the pictures in this post will take you there, or you can simply click the linked words in this post. For the money saving bundle of write and wipe math centers, you can click HERE or the picture below of all of the different topics.

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