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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