My daughter and I just got back from a quick visit to see my family. While we were there, my mom and I went shopping for fabric so she could make me curtains for my new classroom. I had planned to share the curtains as part of the Monday Made-It linky party. However, when I went in to hang them up, I noticed that my new room doesn't have tension rods for the windows. I guess it will have to wait.
In the meantime, I'm ready to share a little bit about my plans for Math Workshop. I found this pocket chart hiding in my school files. It hasn't been used in quite a few years and it was suggested to me that it would work for my rotations during Math Workshop.
It works out even better because I have two bookcases in my classroom that hold plastic tubs. They are similar to the picture on the right, but the bookcases are a dark blue. Also, the tubs are all uniform in size and are sorted so each shelf is devoted to one color. I guess it was meant to be :)
My Math Workshop Binder
When you first open it up, you will find information about my Math T.I.M.E. idea for a workshop approach:
This is the title page with the new colors so it matches the pocket chart.
Next, you'll find information about each rotation and my must-do/may-do choice lists. I have changed this list several times and will probably continue to change it as I get to know my students this fall.
After that you'll find a copy of my math expectations. I have always used the phrase Tools Not Toys, but the others I found on another site & they just seemed to fit. I like this idea because they are a bit alliterative and simple to remember. It reminds me of making an I-Chart for Daily 5.
Behind these files are my dividers that I have created for all of the math warm-ups and regular routines I will use with my students this year.
Divider #1 is for Calendar
- blank monthly calendars
- worksheets where students read and answer questions about a calendar
- list of calendar questions
- master copy of my calendar task cards
In case you aren't familiar with calendar task cards, here are just a few examples of my questions:
- What day of the week is the 4th?
- What will be the date two weeks from today?
- How many Fridays are in this month?
That's all I have time for today. I'll be posting more soon about what's behind the other dividers.