How Often Do Guided Math Groups Meet?

Posted on January 18, 2010. Filed under: Guided Math Introduction | Tags: , , , |


It depends on the individual classroom schedule.  I recommend to meet with each group at least two to three times a week.  I would meet with the lowest performing groups more often than the highest performing ones (See below for a sample schedule).

In a Math Workshop Classroom, there is always a mini-lesson done with the whole group.  The children then either go to their tables to work with math centers (which are portable containers) or they go to work in a Guided Math Group.  In this particular model, the children will do 2 different centers.  They will do one center and then after a signal, their table monitors will switch with their centers with a different table and they will do the new center.

 One of the centers, is a scheduled Guided Math Group. This schedule is based on a 75 minute math block.  If the math block is shorter, the teacher might only do guided reading twice a week with the lowest groups and once a week with the medium and high groups, because s/he must allot time for conferencing, observations and interviews. 

 The last section of everyday is devoted to 5-7 minutes of fact power practice.  This is a number of the day type activity, where the children work flexibly with a number trying to add it, subtract it,  make it into money and discuss it in a variety of way are problems on the boards.  After fact power practice, the teacher then gathers the children together for Share time.

 Here is an example from a 3rd grade classroom in the middle of a multiplication unit.

Sample Weekly Math Schedule
Content Strand:Number Sense

Grade: 3

Month:December

Week: 3

Goals:Children will gain a conceptual understanding of multiplication Resources:Double Dice

Mosaics

Templates

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mini Lesson:Telling Multiplication Stories Continued

Table 1 

Guided Math Group

Nests and Eggs Sculptures

Fact Power

Table 2

Nests and Eggs Sculptures

Guided Math Group

Fact Power

Table 3

Writing Multiplication Stories

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

Table 4

Multiplication Puzzles

Writing Multiplication Stories

Fact Power

Table 5

      Computers

      Circles and Stars

Game

Fact Power

Whole Class Share

 

Mini Lesson:Read: Anno’s Disappearing Jar 

 

Table 1 

    Computers

 Circle and Stars Games

Fact Power

 

Table 2

  Circle and Stars Games

Computers

Table 3

Guided Math Group

Nests and Eggs Sculptures

Fact Power

Table 4

Nests and Eggs Sculptures

Guided Math Group

Fact Power

Table 5

      Writing Multiplication Stories

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

Whole Class Share

 

Mini Lesson:Read  Multiplication Pop Up Book 

 

Table 1 

Guided Math Group

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

 

Table 2

Multiplication Puzzles

Guided Math Group

Fact Power

Table 3

Computers

Circle and Stars Games

Fact Power

Table 4

  Circle and Stars Games

Computers

Fact Power

Table 5

Guided Math

Nests and Eggs Sculptures

 Fact Power

Whole Class Share

Mini Lesson:Read Sea Squares

 

 

Table 1

Writing Multiplication Stories

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

 

Table 2

Writing Multiplication Stories

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

Table 3

Guided Math Group

 

Multiplication Top It

Fact Power

Table 4

Multiplication Top It

Guided Math Group

Fact Power

Table 5

Writing Multiplication Stories

Multiplication Puzzles

Fact Power

Whole Class Share

Mini Lesson:Read Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream 

Whole Class Activities:

  • Class Makes a Big  Multiplication Storytelling  Book

 

  • Students Make Individual Number Books

 

All tables work on whole class activity

Table 5: Guided Math Group

 

 

 

 

 

Whole Class Share

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2 Responses to “How Often Do Guided Math Groups Meet?”

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I am starting guided math this year. I love the way you have this lorganized. It will help me with planning!Thanks!!

This is fantastic! I was looking for a concrete example of a schedule for the K-5 teachers and this is it. Unfortunately, we only have a 1 hour Math block, but the calendar math is done at different times depending on the class, so there is 10 more minutes. This is so flexible for the teachers. Could there be a day when there is only a whole class lesson? Wonderful example! Thanks!


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