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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Guided Math Groups and Math Stations Together

While reading Debbie Diller's book, "Math Stations," I created this chart to show how I would introduce the stations and yet continue to teach math each day in a MULTI-GRADE CLASSROOM.
Many of the ideas would work in a single grade classroom too. 
Some teachers don't take the time to establish routines and the result is that the math stations do not operate smoothly as the students do not know EXACTLY what they are to do and what is expected of them.

I thought I would post it again, as many teachers are thinking about how to start next year and incorporate math stations or "centers" while teaching math in guided math groups.

The First 14 Days of Math Stations for Multigrade Grades 1/2 Using Everyday Math and Math Stations
     Mini-lesson 25 - 30 minutes
     Whole Group Everyday Math  Lesson: 30 - 40 minutes
This schedule is ONLY for the first 14 days of instruction.

Learning Outcome
Whole Group Everyday Math Lesson
Take one photo of each child for Management Board.

Complete the set-up of the Management Board for Day 2
Number Lines
1st/1.1  2nd/ 1.1
Introduce: Management Board .
Model: How to obtain materials and where math stations are located.
Model: Cleaning up a station
Students explore and learn how to obtain their instructional materials and where to go to work with their partners.
Students will know what is expected as they clean up their stations.
Management Board

Missing Pieces Box

Numbered clear plastic tubs
Everyday Math Games:
Monster Squeeze
Number-Line Squeeze
Teacher and students model and practice: “Turn and Talk”.

Model: The difference between hearing and listening.
Students will learn that as mathematicians we are capable of thinking in many different ways and sharing their thinking with others.
Thinking and Talking with a Partner
  1. Partners use 6 inch voices.
  2. Partners take turns talking.
  3. Partners listen to one another.
  4. Partners respect each others’ thinking
Introduce the Slate Routine

Explain the Number Grid and it’s patterns
1st/1.2    2nd/ 1.4
Math Station Tub:
Teacher discusses how students have choices within one tub.
Teacher shows how materials are labeled to differentiate levels.
Model: Signals used to indicate it is time to stop and clean up, and signal to indicate to move to next station or to the small group teaching station.
Students realize that there are multiple activities to do with one math tub and those activities can be repeated.
Students will move to different activities quickly and quietly.
Completed math tub
Chart: How do we put materials away in our Math Tubs?
Auditory signal
Introduce the Pattern-Block Template
1st/1.2   2nd/1.4
How to Obtain Help
Model: “I Can” Chart
“Instead” box for the Computer station
Teacher and students will create the first “I Can” chart together.
Students will practice being adaptable and flexible.
“I Can” chart

Formative Assessment for 1st Graders: Use math master pg 304 to see what numbers they can all ready write. Challenge them to write their numbers to 20.

Introduce the Class Scroll to the 2nd Graders.
Model and Practice:
How to Use a Math Talk card to express their mathematical ideas.
Students will express their thinking using a math talk card as a support.
2 different “Math Talk Cards” for each group of 2 students
How to Use a Calculator
1st/  2.4          2nd/1.9
Represent your thinking through drawing, writing, Flip videos, and dramatizing.

Where to put completed work.
Students learn to record their thoughts in short video clips.
Students learn ways to represent their thinking, and where to put that completed document.

Flip Video Camera

Examples of students drawings, and writings.
Whole Group:
Odd and even
Tally marks
How to handle problems:
   Ask 3 and then ask me.

What will happen when students don’t follow the procedures.
Students follow specific guidelines to solve problems.
How We Can Solve Problems Ourselves
EM Games:
Penny-Dice Game
Addition Top-It
Rolling for 50
Rolling for 500 using a 400-500 number grid.
“Our Math Thinking “ Books
Students learn they are accountable for doing their best work at stations.
Book: “Our Math Thinking”
EM Games:
Play your choice of game
Introduce First Station:
Review and model use of management board, obtaining materials, correct voice level.
Choose one student to be your partner, and go through the entire procedure while “thinking  aloud about what you are doing and thinking”
Students will revisit how to maintain organized classroom math stations
 Looks like, Sounds Like, Feels like

One math tub of your choice
Whole Group:
Modeling how the teacher will be teaching the small group guided math groups.
All about Math Boxes using a teacher created math box page all about tally marks.
Continue to introduce another station.

Establish student accountability by modeling and posting an example of a completed student work product.
Students will learn mathematical ideas through independent learning.
Example of student work
How to play:
EM Facts Workshop Game that provides online practice of basic facts and computation.
How we share our experiences with our class members.
Students will engage in discussions and that they are accountable for their independent learning.

Reading books that relate to math such as counting books.
How to create your own math related book.
Computer Station
“Instead Box”

Students will learn a routine to cooperatively use the classroom computer.
Chart: Step by step directions to use the computer
Chart: Who is on the Computer Today?
How to read a number line on a thermometer
(After conducting an actual “Math Station”)
Getting back together as a whole group to reflect on what went well.
Grand Opening Celebration:
Beginning a station
Wrapped box that announces the beginning of math stations.

Chart:  What We Did Well
Administer the Beginning of the Year Test to both grade levels. Recruit a volunteer to read the test aloud to one grade level while you read the other grade level test. See if the volunteer will also help score the test.

My blog, Multi-grade Matters,  contains more ideas for Multi-grade and Single Grade Classrooms, as I am a Math Instructional Coach in my school district. 
Deborah Devine


  1. Just found you through Classroom Freebies and am your newest follower.

    Math is Elementary

  2. I love Guided Math!!! I started doing it half way through the year last year and am still finding new ways to improve it! This post is definitely a HUGE help!

    P.S. I've nominated you for an award so head on over to my blog and check it out!


  3. I just finished an hour or two of perusing your site from today backwards. When I got to June 2011 I was so shocked to read:

    WOW, because before this math blog party for "Math Stations" began I didn't have a blog, a google doc account, never bought graphics over the internet, purchased a blog button over the Internet from Blogaholic Designs, or had a Photobucket account! This whole experience is making me learn more about technology, blogging, and math stations. (...Gasp) I LOVE learning new things!

    You have done an amazing job in an amazingly short amount of time. Your materials have been very helpful to me and I created 20 Evernote notes based on your ideas, which translates into a lot of work for me soon to implement the ideas in my own way. I teach in a K-1-2-3 class in a two-room schoolhouse (complete with a bell in the roof) and it is so rare to find anyone who "gets" the challenges of multiage. You present your information in such clear ways. Thank you so, so much. I am in awe of you. I will definitely subscribe to your posts to not miss anything in the future.

    By the way, what is the difference between "following" someone and putting them in your google reader? So many blogs provide prizes for followers, but I prefer the reader. Just thinking...

  4. Hey, where is your Photo Bucket account?


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