I start off with a whole group mini-lesson to introduce the skill we will be working on that day. This can be through a book, brainpopjr or study jams video, or demonstration. This is followed by working a few problems on the board with the book page proje
cted onto the screen. Students are very active in this part.
I administer a pre/post-test for each concept before we start. So a student could be in the highest group for addition and the lowest group for money. The groups are named after ocean animals to correspond with our classroom beach theme.
Here is how I break down my groups:
1. MEET WITH THE TEACHER- The low group starts here. I sit down on the floor and have the students spread out in a semi-circle around me. I have a white board and we work with manipulatives. Students spend the last few minutes doing independent work, and I can look over it and see if they are getting it or if they need more help.
2. GAMES- The middle group starts here. Games are simple and cheap! They range from dominoes, playing cards, addition bingo, spaghetti subtraction. Students also have whiteboards and velvet strips for erasers. They can use basic playing cards to create addition or subtraction facts. Whoever has the highest answer wins those cards. If they finish early, they can buddy read a math book. I purchased the 50 math book bundle from Scholastic, and it has been amazing!
3. TECHNOLOGY- I have been saving ALL of my teaching money to build up the technology in our class for a while. We have: 4 (dinosaur) computers, an ipod touch (BEP $), and my iphone. I have an Ipad ordered and it should be here any time now. I had a Mobi Interwrite that was on loan this year from my sweet literacy coach. The students play on Academicskillbuilders.com or Orchard Benchmarking Software.
Students play addition Jet Ski Racing on academicskillbuilders.com
The students beg to "play" math rotations. They are highly engaged and enjoying learning!
We are changing over to Envision Math next year. I know my math games will also change. I would love to hear what you are doing in math!