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Math Workshop Model with FREEBIES



Hi friends, as many of you are starting the countdown to summer you are already starting to think about next year!  I don't think ANYONE works harder than a teacher.  We never turn our teaching brain off!   Deedee and I have received a lot of requests for more information about our Math units.  So I thought I'd do a quick blog post to share how we structure the lessons and give you some free sample lessons so that you could check it out if you're interested.  

We are both big believers in the workshop model, so we developed these units with the workshop format in mind.  


The first part of our lesson is the Fluency portion.  This is a quick 5 minute math warm up, and it usually involves flash cards of some sort.  We have a set of fluency cards in each unit, and we work on them until we reach our goal, which is, FLUENCY with Accuracy and Automaticity. 



This is a picture of some of our fluency cards. 


This is the portion where we teach a mini-lesson to introduce the new concepts that are being taught.  


The mini-lesson usually lasts about 5-10 minutes, and it begins like this....





After we've modeled and taught them the new concept, we give the students an opportunity to try it out right there in front of us on the carpet.  The students work in pairs as we walk around and listen in to check for understanding.  This portion of the lesson lasts for about 10-15 minutes.




We keep the work mats and materials that they are going to be using in a Math Tool kit.
We make one for each PAIR of students.














This portion of the lesson gives the students an opportunity to independently practice what we're working on.  While the students are working independently we assist as needed.  If we have a few students who are struggling with a skill we pull a group back to our table for additional practice.
This portion of the lesson usually lasts about 15 minutes.  





 

This is the last portion of the lesson.  In a workshop model, the share time is often left out. Which is sad to me, because I think it's one of the most important parts!
When students can verbalize and tell each other what they've learned the learning sticks!
Giving them 5 minutes to regroup and share their learning is time well spent.  


Click on the image below to download our curriculum map and a two day sample lesson plan and activities.  The lessons are so easy to follow that you could even leave them for a sub.
Easy Peasy Planning Each and Every Day!!  

Don't teach Common Core???  Take a look!  Our Standards are all still pretty much the same.  :)


Click on the image below for the First Grade Curriculum Map and a two day sample.


You can download the cover and spine for our Math Tool Kit by clicking the image below.







21 comments:

  1. Just a little testimonial...I bought the bundle last summer on a whim because I was tired of my math curriculum (Math Expressions). Not only has this been engaging, fun and made my planning life SO much easier it also has improved my student achievement. My 1st graders are MAP tested and this is the highest achieving class I have ever taught and their growth this year based on MAP has been AMAZING!

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    1. YAY!!! Congratulations to YOU!!! Thank you so much for sharing that! I can't wait to tell Deedee. :)

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  2. Wish there was one for second grade!

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  3. I too have seen amazing growth & my ENTIRE class met MOY Benchmark using this unit (we got started a little late, after getting approval). I can't wait to see how the 1st grade teachers respond to the growth my Kinders have made to prepare them for 1st!!

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    1. WOOT! WOOT!!! That is Awesome! Congratulations to YOU! We are so glad you like the units. Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to share this with Deedee.

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  4. I also have seen amazing growth with my kinders! We adopted Engage NY this year but I wasn't a huge fan. My team and I started pulling things here and there from your units and then started using them instead of Engage before Christmas. We had the highest growth in the district on our benchmark math assessment and I give the credit to your amazing units!! Next year I really want to start with unit 1 and work my way through all of them in order.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this post because I have been wondering about your math units. I can not wait to try them!

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    1. You're welcome Joelle. Hopefully, the sample lessons will give you a chance to try them out!

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  6. We use your kinder units everyday in our homeschool. (And chit chat. And writer's workshop. :) Especially for a first time home schooling mom, the lessons are SO easy to teach. We started this year with a different math curriculum, but quickly changed to yours when it started making a huge difference! Even my 3-year-old loves to play the partner games with us. Thank you!

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    1. Jacquelyn, I am thrilled to hear that our units are being used in your homeschool! I'm so glad that they are helping you in your new journey. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a comment. :)

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  8. As a buyer of your math units, I do appreciate the extra info. I'm only using parts at this time, but plan on using even more next year. Our grade group must plan together (collaborative planning) and since I'm the only one who's purchased this and I don't "share," I just use activities related to what we're teaching. (I do wish everyone I work with would buy your set, but I firmly believe in NOT just giving away what you TPT creators/sellers have worked hard to produce.) Anyway, I love what I do get to use and find it easy to integrate into what is in our plans. :-)

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  9. I'm sorry that I didn't buy the bundle. After completing Unit One, I was sold. We just finished Unit 6 and I'm so impressed. One of the many things I like are the vocabulary words in large, colorful print that go along with each unit. I have them posted on my cabinet for quick review. I catch kids and parents checking them out! The worksheets have the appropriate amount of problems and don't overwhelm the kids. My kids love the ketchup/mustard collaboration, too!

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    1. Sandy, Thanks so much for your sweet comments! I'm so glad that you like the units. The vocabulary cards are one of our favorite parts too. :)

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  10. Hello there! I have purchased all of your math units. My students and I love them. I spent the last workday organizing the Guided Readers units the way you suggested and I am in love! I am now printing the toolkit pages. Thank you so much for letting us know how to organize all of these treasures! A question I have about the toolkit, are the bags in each binder separated by unit or is there just one bag? Does the binder just consist of the bag with pieces in it and the mats in sheet protectors or is there more? Thank you for helping me organize my world! I would also love a sneak peek into how you pull off guided readers and your themed units?
    Thank you for doing all you do and most importantly for glorifying God in the process.
    Crystal

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    1. Hi Crystal, The math tool kits are a collection of all the "tools" that we are going to be using for the month. Once we've finished with a work mat or a manipulative we remove them from the Took kit so that it doesn't get cluttered. For the Guiding Readers and themed units I use the Guiding Readers during my Reading block and use the themed units during the afternoon for Content area learning. I still integrate science and social studies into my reading block when whenever possible as well. Hope that helps!

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  11. Hello there! I have purchased all of your math units. My students and I love them. I spent the last workday organizing the Guided Readers units the way you suggested and I am in love! I am now printing the toolkit pages. Thank you so much for letting us know how to organize all of these treasures! A question I have about the toolkit, are the bags in each binder separated by unit or is there just one bag? Does the binder just consist of the bag with pieces in it and the mats in sheet protectors or is there more? Thank you for helping me organize my world! I would also love a sneak peek into how you pull off guided readers and your themed units?
    Thank you for doing all you do and most importantly for glorifying God in the process.
    Crystal

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    1. OOPS! It looks like your question posted twice. :) See answer above.

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