Guided Math - Chapter 3

Guided Math - Chapter 3
Using Math Warm-Ups in Guided Math
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"No matter how [students] feel as they arrive, they are here to learn, and we are here to teach them.  As we plan our lessons, we ask ourselves how we can stimulate their curiosity, motivate them, guide them, and challenge them - all of them, without exception." ~Laney Sammons

I believe that the purpose of morning work is to get students to transition into school mode while providing practice or review of skills taught.  While reading this chapter I began reflecting on my own expectations for arrival and morning work.  I expect students to enter, hang up their backpacks and coats, take out their homework folders, turn in homework and important paperwork to the appropriate basket, put their homework folders in their mailboxes, check in for lunch, and begin morning work.  All of these things are mentioned in the book (phew!). 

The book offers suggestions for "math stretches" for students to complete as morning work.  These include:
  • Data Collection and Analysis - various graphing activities
  • Number of the Day - representations of numbers (Name Collection Boxes in Everyday Math)
  • What's Next - number patterns (What's My Rule/Frames & Arrows in E.M.)
  • How Did My Family Use Math Last Night? - making math connections, seeing math in the "real world"
  • Make's Me Think Of... - activation strategy when introducing a new skill
Other items mentioned:
  • Calendar Board
  • Math Current Events
  • Problem of the Day
I feel like I am strong at including data collection, number of the day, what's next, and problem solving (I do problem solving one day a week).  I am planning more calendar activities for this upcoming year.  It did make me feel good to know that some of these skills are already being taught and practiced regularly in Everyday Math.

I feel weak at incorporating "real world" math talk and current events.  Similar to incorporating math literature in the classroom, I would LOVE to hear how you fit those pieces into your day/week.

Now, the author mentioned tackling one math stretch a day and {possibly} creating a predicable routine for these stretches (ie. Mon - Number of the Day, Tues - What's Next, etc.).  Before I even reached this chart in the book, the wheels in my brain were already spinning this direction except my focus for this was on data collection and analysis. 

Here's what I was thinking:
At the beginning of the year I could post a question every Monday near our calendar board.  As students entered, they would answer the question by moving their name card to the appropriate location.  On Tuesday, I would model making a graph for the class.  On Wednesday, students would make the same graph and glue into their math journals.  On Thursday, we could discuss our findings.  On Friday, I would ask students questions about the graph. 

As the year progressed, I would be modeling different types of graphs, different scales, etc. on Tuesdays.  On Thursdays, students would begin recording their findings into a math journal, sharing during whole group time, and recording new findings they heard from different students.  On Fridays, we could alternate between asking questions orally and answering questions on a worksheet (I think the author might cringe on that one).  What do you think - could this work?

Also, have you seen these types of number of the day worksheets floating around the internet?  I do not know where I found them or I would give credit where credit is due.  I think they are a good way to practice representing numbers in different ways.  I wouldn't use them all the time, but I do think they could be used as on-going assessment for number sense.

Discussion for Guided Math, Chapter 4 - Using Guided Math with the Whole Class will be on June 24th!  Now, back to fixing all of my Book Labels...grrr!!!


Sue said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on chapter 3. I like the ideas for the number of the day worksheets you suggested. I would like to incorporate that into my math journals some how.

Sue :)
The Very Busy Kindergarten

Sherrie said...

It sounds like you have some great ideas for next year. Good luck!

kilgosclass said...

I like the idea of stretching the data activities throughout the week. Will you still do the other math stretches? Also, thanks for sharing the number of the day sheets. I haven't seen those.

Brenda said...

Awesome post! You have great ideas! I haven't seen those number of the day sheets, but I'd love to have a copy!

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Storie said...

Thanks, ladies. I just made a post with a few links to number of the day worksheets if you're still interested.

@Farrah~ I do plan to incorporate the other math stretches on a daily basis. I was just thinking of how to get the graphing to be done more frequently than 1x/week during problem solving.

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