Math Workshop, Part 1

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.


Mrs. Cupcake said...

I have that pocket chart-- I love it!!
A Cupcake for the Teacher

Amanda said...

Oh I am excited to read more about your math workshop posts! Looks like you have some great ideas and awesome organization! :)

Reaching for the TOP!

Brenda said...

I also say "Tools not toys"! I can tell this is going to be a great resource! Thanks for sharing, Storie!

Primary Inspired

The Queen Bee said...

Storie, I too am trying to get my Math Workshop together...I like the binder idea, I am going back and forth from TIME to BUILD...I need to get cracking and decide before Friday!!! Geez nothing like a real procrastinator!

Beth said...

I love your May Do/Must Do list...great!
Thinking of Teaching

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