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postheadericon Math Work Station Organization (part 3)

If you search the web or visit Pinterest, you are bound to find hundreds of ways to organize your math centers.  Since I use the acronym BUILD to run my workstations, I also keep my materials organized the same way.  To see my post on how I use BUILD in my Math work stations go here and here

I found this packet, BUILD Math Center posters and labels for FREE on TPT courtesy of Becca Foxwell from First Grade in Foxwell Forest .  It can be used to label and organize your materials and stations. 

I purchased several Sterilite ClearView 3 Storage Drawer Organizers from Amazon.  I like these because they are stackable and provide plenty of room for all my materials.  I orgainze my drawers by common core math standard; Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers & Operations, Measurement & Data, Geometry and (I do one extra) Money.  In these drawers I keep the matching enVision It topic books, student mats and BUILD masters that go along with each standard. 

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I store my math manipulatives in a variety of baskets and plastic bins that I have purchased from the Dollar Store. Once I am ready to use them in work stations, I can easily pull out the appropriate bin and divide the materials up into smaller baskets or trays for student use. 

 

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My teacher table materials are kept in my Monday – Friday drawers.  I plan for the entire math topic so my math plans are reading in advance.  I simply phtocopy, gather and place everything into the approrpiate drawer for the entire week.  I also keep a teacher table basket with pencils, crayons, number grids, counters and other topic related materials on my table for each group to use as they come to me. 

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Come back next week for a look at how I manage my math work stations.

postheadericon Math Work Stations- First week of school work stations (part 2)

I hope you had a chance to check out how I run my Math Work Stations.  If you didn't you can view the post here.  Now that you have an idea of what my BUILD rotations look like, let's take a look at what a week of BUILD entails.  Today I will give you a look at what I have planned for my first graders to use the first week of school.  All of the materials and activites were used in Kindergarten.

*I will not officially start this until the third day of school.  This will allow me to give the students an introduction to working in small groups, go over expectations and procedures.

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B – Buddy Games - dice roll and color, Chester Raccoon version and Back to School version         The first partner to color his entire picture wins.

 

U – Using Manipulatives-  exploring with unifix cubes- patterns and more patterns

 

I – Independent Work - computer time www.coolmath.com

 

L – Learning about Numbers- Play Dough Number Mats

 

D – Doing Math- Teacher Table - when the students come to the teacher table the first week, they will be taking the Grade 1 Placement test, Topic 1 pre-test and completing the Readiness Mats.

 

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Come back next week for a quick look at how I organize my Math stations.

 

postheadericon Math Work Stations- Overview (part 1)

 

http://sharepoint.northiowa.org/staff/giesking/Math/PublishingImages/EnVision%20Math%201st%20grade.jpgWe currently use the Pearson enVision Math Common Core Program in our district.  With one year under my belt, I have a better understanding of the program.  As I do in my reading groups, I follow the Daily 5 model to run my math stations.  I am the only teacher in my first grade classroom with 60 minutes dedicated to Math.  It takes A LOT of modeling and guidance to get first graders to be successful in work stations.  I spend about 6 weeks at the beginning of the school year just going over expectations, modeling how to work at each workstation and provide guidance as they try out the stations.  I keep the actvities very simple and pull a lot from what they were already exposed to in Kindergarten.  Below I will explain how I run my daily math stations.  This may be overwhelming to you at the beginning or it may not fit your style, but read it over, give it a try and use the pieces that work for you.

Daily rotation can be done a number of ways to accommodate your schedule, I have designed mine to go as follows:

11:45-12:00-  Whole Group to introduce today’s lesson/vocabulary/skill/ *This is also a good time to do Problem Based Interactive Learning

12:00-12:15-  BUILD Rotation #1 - 5 active stations

12:15-12:30-  BUILD Rotation #2  – 5 active stations

12:30-12:45-  Whole Group Meeting on rug  (discuss procedures, talk about a strategy, share out, etc.)

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Teacher PreparationI prepare my math lessons one topic at a time.  I look at the entire Topic; for example, Topic 1 has eight lessons. I also use the common core standards for this topic along with the individual lessons to plan my work stations.

Pre-Test and Grouping- What I find essential and a MUST DO prior to each topic is to pre-test my students.  This can be done online using the pearson realize site or with paper and pencil.  Using the pre-test scores, I group my students into 3 categories (at risk, some risk, no risk).  I then create 5 groups that will be used during work stations.  My smallest group (no more than 6 students) contains the at-risk students (team 1), these students see me at the teacher table EVERY DAY.  Sometimes I double them up and they stay with me for 2 rotations, depending on their needs.  My largest group is the no risk group (team 3 and 4), these students do not need teacher guidance and only visit the teacher table as needed.  They work at the differentiated workstations to continue practicing the topic skills or enrich their learning.  Finally, the some risk group (team 2), this group also visits the teacher table EVERY DAY.  They recieve guidance, support and feedback and are usually able to move on once they have worked with me.  If they do not show improvement, I keep them for 2 rotations the following day. 

Flexibility is key and constant teacher observation is key.  I make a large plan but I am also prepared to change it based on the needs of my students.  You will also note after several topics that some students pre-test really well on one topic/standard but poorly in another.  Not all students will be at risk all the time, this is the best part of this process!  You see your studnets weakness and strengths and as a teacher you zero in right away.  This type of grouping also allows you to "mix and match" students.  It motivates students rather than discouraging them.

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Whole Group instruction lasts about 15 minutes and can be a number of ways.  I use this time to introduce new math vocabulary, complete the Problem Based Interactive Learning page of the math mat or use another activity to introduce the day's skill.  We practice one or two problems that will be found during Independent Practice.  By this point I know which students are going to struggle with today's lesson and which students are ready to go off to workstations. 

BUILD Stations- I provide 5 BUILD stations per day but students only go to 2 stations each day. By the end of the week they will have done all 5 stations at least twice. These are always pre-made and never introduce or contain material/games students haven't already been taught.  Once a tool, game or activity is taught at the teacher table it is then released to a BUILD station for additional practice.

Here is a look at my rotation chart.  This changes quite often depending on student needs.  The Independent station is my "go-to" station when I make these changes.

1st rotation

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Team 1

Teacher Table Teacher Table Teacher Table

Teacher Table

Teacher Table

Team 2

Using Manipulatives

Learning with Numbers

Buddy Games Independent Work

Teacher Table

(may be added as needed throughout the week)

Team 3

Independent Work

Buddy Games

Using Manipulatives Teacher Table Learning with Numbers

Team 4

Buddy Games Independent Work

Teacher Table

Learning with Numbers Using Manipulatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd rotation

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Team 1

Teacher Table

(may be added as needed throughout the week)

Buddy Games Using Manipulatives

Independent Work

Learning with Numbers

Team 2

 

Teacher Table

 

Teacher Table

Teacher Table

Teacher Table

Teacher Table

Team 3

Learning with Numbers

Independent Work

Teacher Table Buddy Games Using Manipulatives

Team 4

Independent Work Teacher Table

Learning with Numbers

Using Manipulatives Buddy Games

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My BUILD rotation station options look like this:

B – Buddy Games (with partners or small groups)- This is where I put games that my students have practiced multiple times. They know the expectations: whisper voice, play the right way, play the whole time.

U – Using Manipulatives (exploring the concept)- This is where I put manipulatives for exploration.  For example; pattern blocks, unifix cubes, money, clocks, dominos, cards, calculators, etc

I – Independent Work - This work is to be done independently without help from teacher or classmate. Some examples; completing worksheets, math journals, computer, math craft or reading math-themed books

L – Learning about Numbers- For this station I have hundreds chart games, matching activities, number fluency, number scrolls, flashcards, student-made books about numbers.

D – Doing Math- Teacher Table (curriculum work)- Differentiated station by learners using pre-test assessment. I use this time to review math mats, topic skills, introduce new games or activities that I later want them to do without me.  I always start with my At-Risk group

 

Come back for my next post where I give you a look at my BUILD plans for the first week of school.

 

 

 

postheadericon Kindergarten Sight Words- Getting Ready for Next Fall! AND…A FREE DOWNLOAD!

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Summer is in full swing and Educator Station has been busy, busy, busy! We have been enjoying lazy days on the beach, fun day trips, lots of time with family, and lots of rest and relaxtion. We have been to our local library twice to get books and have spent hours reading (I am so thankful to have children that love to read as much as I do)! It couldn't get any better than this! 

 

Before I left school for the school year, I prepared lots of posts for the summer with FREEBIES for you to download! 

Here's your first FREEBIE! With the new school year quickly appraoaching, I know I am going to start the year with the Review Unit in Reading Street. 

Students will be entering first grade from kindergarten and will have seen and read 40 sight words. Some may need a little review, so I made these word ring cards for the students to review in centers or at the teacher table. 

 

High Frequency Words

 

Mrs. Castro posted the High Frequency Words for each unit. Each word is on a flashcard. I use them all the time! I have these word cards in a pocket chart on my focus wall, I use them at my teacher table, and I use them in centers. They have so many uses and can be used anywhere in the classroom!

 

To see that post click here.

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To make this center, you will need binder rings. 

I bought these binder rings at the Dollar Tree. I hadn't seen them there before, so I grabbed a few!  You can do so much with them! 

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In the packet below, you will see all 40 of the kindergarten sight words, to use as review the first few weeks of school. I made the cards, so that they would fit onto a card and go onto a binder ring easiily. 

 

To Download, click on the image below:

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Once they were laminated and cut out, I punched a hole in each one, put them onto a ring, and it was done!

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Hope you are having a wonderful summer! 

 

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