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Math Workshop

Doesn't it drive you crazy when a casual conversation with a friend ends up being something you obsess over?  Usually it's a new pair of shoes or dreaming of going to a certain vacation place but in this case it was... (wait for it)  MATH!  :)  Not the typical type of thing you'd obsess over, but hey we're teachers right?
Anywhoooo,  Deedee and I  were discussing the fact that we weren't pleased with how our math block flowed. So, after many conversations we decided to create Math Workshop units that mirrored the flow of our Writer's Workshop.  We have only completed the first unit and we are really pleased with how it's going.  Each lesson has five components.              
This part of the lesson is a warm up that will help our students build their fluency for various math skills.  It will usually involve flash cards and the focus is on speed and accuracy.  

One of the skills we are working on at this time is subitizing.  Subitizing is the ability to instantly recognize the number of objects in a set without having to count.  If you are interested in more information about subitizing there is a great article  HERE

We introduce and model new concepts and skills through a mini lesson. 

The teacher and students will work together as a group to actively explore the concept that was introduced..  

The students will independently complete a task that will allow them to apply the new concepts that were taught.

This is our “math talk” time.  It allows for the students to orally share with a partner and discuss what they learned. 

You can check out our unit by clicking on the cover page below.


  1. I love the different components! If only I taught kinder and could use it...sigh.
    Teaching in the Valley

  2. Hi Deanna! I'm a fan of Math Workshop formats, so I'm loving that you are formatting yours like this! Have you ever done a Math Congress? I added that piece to mine last year and feel like it really completed the lesson and at the same time gave me a clue to what my next mini lessons were going to be.

    Teaching in the Tongass

  3. Hey Deanna,

    Thanks so much for sharing how you organise your math sessions. I agree also I have never really been happy with how my math blocks flow either. I think your 'regroup and share' is really important and it gives the teacher a chance to walk around and hear what the students learnt. A great informal way of seeing those that 'got' it and those that didn't.


  4. This is a GREAT idea. I feel like it will organize math so much better and I will be able to cover everything and know it! Can't wait to get this. I love the "math talk" part, too. Why do I sometimes forget to just let them talk about learning? Well- NOT anymore! ;)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together



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