I'm ready to not be so tired & so happy that the weekend is here. I had plans to go out of town, but decided to just stick around the house, clean, watch football, and actually get caught up on all the school stuff I have yet to do . . . data notebook update . . . RTI charts . . . professional goals and such . . . and some organizing. I think if I can get this done, I will feel better about life, and less like I'm drowning. Please tell me I'm not the only one ! Oh yeah, and sleep . . . I slept til 10 today!! What?!
Anyway, after my post last week about how I do centers (you can see the original HERE), I've had several questions about how I do the same thing in math. For my Guided Reading, I'm trying to integrate the Daily 5 concepts into my centers and so far, so good. I know I am not following it exactly, but I'm learning little bit by little bit.
As for math, I follow the Guided Math model. It's an adaptation from the book Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Lacey Sammons. You can click on the book to check it out at Amazon.
The questions i"ve been asked have been what kind of centers I have in rotation. Mine are based on the five tenets suggested in the book: numeracy, problem solving, manipulative practice, data analysis & technology. If you read my first post, I have five centers (frogs) so in math, I have five centers, too!
Orange - Computer/ Technology Games, Odyssey, etc...
This is pretty self explanatory :)Blue - Problem Solving
I laminate them & use each year so that helps with having to re-create stuff. Also, the little ones can just draw the answer and write the problem and not copy if time doesn't allow it. My school uses those books for problems, and I come up with ones that match our skill at the time.
Green - Numeracy/Number Sense
When we reviewed our data in first grade, we found that so many kids were lacking number sense. Plus, the book tells us that this is the VITAL FOUNDATION for children learning, understanding & loving math.
To differentiate, I use four colored sticky notes (for my four leveled groups) so they know which number to use.
The picture on the right is from my friend's classroom & part of her calendar board. She uses this to model the center activity.
Yellow - Manipulative/Hands-on Practice
Pink - Data Analysis
So . . . those are the centers. Also, instead of Spelling STOP, my kids go to calendar stop.
Lastly. . .
I've had some questions about my center check list. Warning: this is not the cutest thing I've ever come up with, but it works. Here's mine:
http://msk1ell.blogspot.com/2011/08/4-pocket-folders-revisited.html . You can see that post HERE.
So, that's it. I hope this helps those of you with questions & anyone who's trying to implement math workshop!
OH! I forgot - some people are having trouble with the time because I mentioned I do my Guided Reading for 1.5 hours. A friend of mine puts centers out and leaves them for TWO weeks (yay for that!) and only does two rotations a day which fits into 10 days instead of five. Just a tip.
And in the interest of my love of funnies, I'll leave you with these (hee hee).
Have a FABULOUS weekend !! :)