I am excited to be linking up again with 4th Grade Frolics for another Made It Monday! All of my projects are for the classroom. I start back in 2 weeks and I still feel like I have a long to do list! My first project is a shameless copy from The Evil Math Wizard . I saw them on her blog last winter and have been wanting to make them ever since. Well I finally got around to it! Check out my multiplication beads. Each compartment has a different amount of beads on the pipe cleaner. For instance, the yellows have 7 beads. So if a student is working on the problem 3x7, they can pull out three of the yellows and count to help solve. I think it is perfect for developing foundational skills. This was so simple that I actually made it in the waiting area of Sports Clips while my son and hubby were getting hair cuts. The men in the waiting area probably thought I was crazy. Oh well! Here is what you need. I got my supplies for about $10 at Walmart and have lots ...
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I have been loving the opportunity to reflect on so many things in my classroom! If you have missed any of this series, you can click HERE to catch up. ...organize my literacy block. I have blogged about this topic before. But it is my absolute favorite part of the day and so I don't mind sharing about literacy centers again! I will also attempt to answer some of the common questions that I receive. I run my literacy block very similar to the way that I run my math workshop. I have four groups, but I only meet with two groups per day. This means that I get to meet with each group for 30 minutes. It allows us to go deeper into the text and eliminates some transition time. I LOVE the schedule. Here is my small group display. I might use sticky notes next year so that it is easier to switch student grouping when needed. Last year, I just reprinted the page when I changed a group. Here is a closer look at the three centers that my students complete indepen...
I loved this chapter! Do I say that every week? This chapter focuses completely on small group instruction. First, Sammons gives some reasons that small group instruction is essential in any math classroom. Small group instruction allows teachers to differentiate instruction rather than spending an hour teaching the whole group the exact same lesson. Small groups allow teachers to closely monitor student understanding of the "hot spots," or the critical teaching points for a particle grade level. Small group instruction makes it easier to use math manipulatives with students. Next, Sammons discusses the process of setting up your math small groups. This was a big challenge for me last year. I tried to place them based on a grade level diagnostic test. That did not prove to be the most accurate data on how well my students understand math concepts. I have decided to use unit pretests to place students in small groups this year. I couldn't find the perfect ones...