Summer Stock Up: All About Math

I love math groups!  However, it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do them in a way that I enjoyed in my classroom.  I have tried almost everything.  I have found that this is the best way that works for me.  I use the acronym MATH for my math groups.  It stands for:

M:  Math Journal
A:  Accelerated Math
T:  Teacher Time
H:  Hands-On

While these are the stations my students visit, you can easily adapt, still using the acronym MATH and call your stations something else (especially if you don’t have access to Accelerated Math). 

I created a math rotation schedule (in which each group visits the stations for 10 minutes or so before moving to next station).  I have an editable POWERPOINT file of my stations here:

What happens at each station/group?
Math Journal:  Students visit this station and answer math journal prompts relating to what we are working on at the moment.  They take a journal prompt (or two depending on time) and glue it into their notebook and answer or solve the prompt.  I have several math journal prompt products in my store relating to our math series (Envision) and Common Core.  Included in each math notebook product, are teacher directions, a student poster containing an example of how they should answer the prompt, and at least 12 different journal prompts relating to the topic.  

You can find those math journal
prompts by visiting my store and searching for Math Notebook

Accelerated Math:  If you use Accelerated Math at your school, this would be a great A word for you in your acronym.  However, if you don’t have access to Accelerated Math (it is a paid program), you will have to come up with another A word (such as At your seat work).  When my students complete Accelerated Math, they do so on an IPAD or computer (often their choice).  They work through the assignments and tests given.  If they need assistance, they know who to ask (another student who has mastered the skill the are on) The program will tell them who to ask for help.  After submitting an assignment, I can see their score.  If they need further help for understanding, I will print out exercises and assist them during my small group RTI time.

Teacher Time:
During teacher time, I often do interactive notebook lessons.  I use interactive notebook content I find from TPT.  The content we glue into our notebook and interact with is content we are currently studying.  I also teach students how to take notes or look up math vocabulary.  Finally, sometimes during teacher time I will introduce new games for the Hands-On Math station.

Hands on Math:
This is really the only station that changes (more often than the others).  Generally throughout the week, I have a game, tiny task cards, math facts, IPAD App, and/or Computer Apps for students to complete.  Usually I pick two that I have to prepare for (games, manipulatives, task cards) and two that are already prepared (math facts, apps, computer).  The students have sheet hanging at this group that lets them know their choices for the week and what they MUST get finished!  

You can find a free sampler of my Tiny Task Cards here:

To purchase the full sets of tiny task cards or for more task card sets, click here (and search for task cards):

Each Tiny Task Card Set comes with student and teacher notes/directions.  A set of 12 tiny task card questions (black and white for easy copying), a student recording sheet, and a teacher answer key.

What Happens to the work completed?
The work completed stays in their desk math folder until the end of the week.  I collect it and check for understanding.  If they need additional help on any task/skill, we meet during small group RTI time.

I would love to hear how you do math rotation groups in your classroom?

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