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Math Units with FREEBIES and Toolkit binder covers {REPOST}



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.

14 comments:

  1. Oh, this is fantastic!! I love that students have so much interaction with each other, and that you're given the option to monitor pairs. Awesome!

    Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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    1. Hi Emily, Exactly! When they are given the opportunity to work and learn with a partner it is much more engaging for them. :)

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  2. Thanks for all the inspiring pics! Fluency is such an important part of my intervention groups and I'm always looking for more ideas to make it a successful time. I need to read and reread this post a couple times :) Jen

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    1. Thank you so much for reading!! We hope this post was helpful. :) Have a GREAT summer!

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  3. I've said it before, and I'll say it again! We L.O.V.E. these workshop units in our homeschool! The workshop style really works for us. My preschooler loves to partner with his big brother and he, in turn, teaches it back. :) I love that new ideas are learned and practiced and then built upon and revisited again. The script makes teaching math so easy and fun! I only wish you had units for all grades! Can you suggest a teacher with a second grade workshop? Thank you for these wonderful units!

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    1. Jacquelyn, That is music to our ears! We are so happy that your preschooler is learning right along with your firstie! :) Amy Lemons has some excellent math stuff.

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  4. I have a few of the math with firsties...I'm going ot have to get the rest! I love the guiding readers, so this year so I won't be so overwhelmed with everything being new, I'll have to start using the guiding math :)
    ♥ Jen
    Teacher by the Beach

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    1. Jen, These units are all planned out for you! As you know they save you hours of work so that you can enjoy your time at the beach! :)

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  5. I use your math units and love them. The content in each mini lesson is perfect and I really like the opportunity for the kids to work with a partner while I walk around and listen/watch. Thank you for the curriculum guide and for a wonderful resource!

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    1. Sandy, You know that means a lot to us coming from you!!! We are so in love with your adorable teaching aprons!

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  6. I bought the entire bundle to use in 1st grade last year. It is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, I will be moving to 2nd grade this year :-(. It really isn't a bad thing and I'm excited about, I just wish there was a bundle for second grade.

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    1. Cara, We are so glad that you loved the units. We would love to write them for 2nd grade but our expertise ends with K & 1. Have a great summer! Enjoy 2nd grade!!

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  7. Thanks for the freebies! I will definitely be making the toolkits over the summer to organize all the materials. I used Guiding Firsties this year and loved it! However, I am also wanting to incorporate math groups (guided math) during math stations. Do you do math workshop AND stations or just the math workshop? I would love to be able to fit it all in, but am still trying to figure it out because I only have one hour for my math block.

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  8. Hi there, I wanted to let you and Dee Dee know that I used the Guided math all year and the Guided Readers starting in January. I only had three children that were not reading ABOVE grade level. Two of these children were EC students who grew by leaps and bounds and the other student was only in my class for a month. I am very impressed. You both have done a great job at following the curriculum along with making the activities engaging and challenging. I feel after seeing the results from these items along with the writing through the year units that now the only things that my students are not getting the most out of is Science and Social Studies. I know they are not tested in K-2, but if we do not do a great job at setting the foundation of the curriculm we are setting them up for failure when they are in a testing grade. Would please let me know how you make sure that you sufficiently teach both of these, do you have resources for them? I would love to see how to fit it in with the guided readers/math, writing curricumn map that you have done. (I have that PRINTED AND LAMINATED) My goal for this summer is to get the math tool kits ready for the first two months and I would love to have a rough outline of lessons through Thanksgiving.
    In a different post you asked for suggestions for books for the second round of guided readers. Not specific, but our school does a couple weeks of fairy tales the second half of the year. I would love it, if a couple were included.
    For October- Stellaluna, Go Away Big Green Monster, Dem Bones

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