Thursday, August 01, 2013

Teaching Math Routines... so you can teach small groups

First up, can I give a big thank you to the lovely ladies who have volunteered to align some of my packs to the common core. Even though I don't use it myself, the majority of people who download and purchase my products are from the U.S. so it only makes sense to make my packs as user friendly for them as possible. I already have a number of packs aligned so over the next few weeks I'll be updating many of my packs to include this information.

The first pack I've had time to update is my new 173 page Teaching Math Routines pack. I finished this pack before my eye surgery but have only just got it listed now. This pack was created as I tried to teach my firsties this year many of the types of math activities, or routines, we do during math workshop so they could be successful and independent while I worked with small groups. 

The 10 routines included in this pack are:
  • Matching activities (2 centers)
  • Spin, Tally and Graph activities (2 centers)
  • Bump games(12 game boards)
  • Tic Tac Toe games (6 game boards)
  • Using a 100 chart (2 centers)
  • Task Cards (2 centers)
  • Dominoes (2 centers)
  • Write the Room activities (2 centers)
  • Pocket Chart activities (2 centers)
  • Independent Work (4 worksheets)
  • Bonus Thinking and Listening with Unifix Cubes whole class activity.
The aim is that once students know the routine I can swap out the centers and they will transfer their understanding of how to play/what to do without me having to reteach or explain it each time (who doesn't get tired of kids not knowing what to do when it's the same activity, just different content!!). As the year progress, I add different routines to the mix, but this gets me started with working with math groups for the first term. 

I have included in the pack a sample schedule for the first four weeks of teaching kids these routines, although you don't have to follow it. It was just what worked for me this year with the bunch of kids I have. I also explained how I introduced each routine, so that they practice it multiple times over the week to help them learn the routine. There are 2 centers for each routine so that kids can practice each routine with different math skills or concepts. 

Each activity comes with a cover for your baggie or folder and an I Can chart to help kids be independent. 

 Here's a little of the 173 pages!

As always, it's 20% off for the first few days. Sorry to bombard you with new products over the past two days, once I get back to school I'll have other things to post about!


  1. This pack looks gorgeous! I think it might be too tricky for my Preppies at the beginning of the year, but might be good for later the year. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lauren! Definitely too hard to preppies at the moment! I used most of these at the start of the year, so by the end of the year most of your kids might be able to do them!

  2. Ok! Seriously this is perfect! I use your Daily 5 cards and this year I am going to give your math T.I.M.E. a try, I'm just going to tweak it a little bit to fit my time schedule. This math routines pack will be a great help! It's on my wish list!

    P.S. Do you care if I do a blog post about this amazing set-up? I will be definitely linking you and giving you credit! It is well deserved!

    Spotted in First Grade

    1. Hi Kelli! You are so very sweet! I'm sure you will LOVE T.I.M.E as much as I do! You are more than welcome to blog about this set up, I loved reading your Daily 5 post when it came out!

      Thank you!

  3. This pack looks great, Kylie. I would get it if I was on class but I am back doing Reading Recovery and RFF for the remainder of this year. I miss having my own class.

    Classroom Fun

    1. I've missed your updates on your blog and now I know why! It would be hard to post without your own class. What a shock that must have been when the year had already started! I hope it all works out well for you.

  4. Down Under Teacher is a very distinctive and useful site with reference to our education system. Its flow sheets, colorful charts to review, tips about how to teach the students of different grades and descriptions are all very much effective for the educationists. Such sites must be promoted on the social media.


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