## Why math tool kits?

One question that came up was how I organized my math units. So I am bringing back an old post to share the Math Tool Kits that I use in my math workshop.

I have said this before… I am NOT organized by nature. I am a stacker and shuffler. I make stacks starting in August and I shuffle them until May… OY!

I use to put them all in one container and stacked them. Not really efficient… definitely not organized. Time was wasted each day as I passed out the work mats and other materials. Who has time to waste each day? Not it! Who wants 5 and 6 year olds to have idle time? Not it!Over one summer I thought about what I could do to disperse materials more efficiently AND keep them organized.

### Math Tool Kits

These can be used to organize any math tool resources, regardless of the program you use.

During our math workshop, my students work in pairs. So I created 10 tool kits for my 20 students. Each set of partners will be assigned to one tool kit.

Our Math Workshop is so hand-on. It requires tools for the students to use. So having them all together made perfect sense.

You can see our bear counters in the picture above. For a variety look HERE.

Binder bags are a great organization tool to ensure nothing gets lost. Get them HERE.

### Number the kits!

Each tool kit is numbered. Everyday the same partners get the same kit. In this way, if one group is rough on a set or if pieces go missing, I only have to deal with one folder, not 10. Last year I only had an issue with one zipper pouch. I replaced it and we were good to go. The kits looked just as good at the end of the year as they did in the beginning.

## What is inside?

Inside the tool kit, I have everything we will need (minus the manipulatives) for the **ENTIRE YEAR**! **YES! THE ENTIRE YEAR!!!!!** Math talk cards, 10 frames, and smaller pieces are kept in the zipper pouch. All of the math work mats and talk cards are from our Guiding Kinders math series. The dry erase marker is also kept in this pouch. In this way, I do not have to organize the binders week after week, year after year. Once they are done… they are done!

## Wait! What about the manipulatives?

When we are in a unit that needs snap cubes, I simply add them to the zippered pouch. Then 5 days later when we don’t need the snap cubes anymore, I removed them. By doing this **I SAVE SO MUCH TIME!** Passing out materials to students who are 5-6 can sometimes lead to a wee bit of monkey business. Time saver= check! Sanity saver=double check!

Carolyn Kisloski says

You can no longer EVER say you are not organized. Those are amazing. I bet it saves TONS of time. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!!!

Debbie Bartram says

Deedee, I love this idea. I was wondering, do you have 10 binders for each unit or do replace the existing binders with the next unit.

Thanks, Debbie

Deedee says

No, I make 10 binders (students share). I put all of the work mats and math talk cards in them for he entire year. The zipper pouch will have the math talk cards and 10 frames. Then we add manipulatives as we need them in the units.

So once they are done! They! Are! Done!

bridgi8 says

I have the same question as Debbie. I made the binders but was wondering what all went into them.

Deedee says

I put all of the work mats and math talk cards in them for the entire year. The work mats and math talk cards are part of our Guiding Kinders math series. The zipper pouch will have the math talk cards and 10 frames. Then we add manipulatives as we need them in the units.

Silvakinder says

I love this idea. I am losing so much time this year (for a variety of reasons) and this would be a great "tool" to add to our Math portion of the day. I too would like to know what exactly is in your tool kit. I see cubes, a spinner, dry erase pen, 100's chart, but there appears to be more. Do you mind sharing the details? Thanks so much.

Deedee says

No, I make 10 binders (students share). I put all of the work mats and math talk cards in them for the entire year. The zipper pouch will have the math talk cards and 10 frames. Then we add manipulatives as we need them in the units.

So once they are done! They! Are! Done!

Hillari says

Are the math toolkit binders still available on TPT? I’m not finding them! ☹️

Dara Schmidt says

Are the math toolkit binders still on TPT? Same question..was not finding them either.

Deedee says

Here is the link 🙂

FREE Curriculum Organization Guide

Melissa Collins says

Where can I find a copy of the Math Tool Kit cover sheet and binder paper to print? Thanks

Deedee says

If you click at the bottom of the post, you can request a copy of the cover. 🙂

Angel says

You have exactly the same product as Mrs. Jump on TPT . I downloaded them both and the titles are slightly different but the product is the same.

Curriculum Organization Guide and FREE sample

By Deanna Jump

FREE Curriculum Organization Guide

By Deedee Wills

Who is the real author?

Deedee says

Hi there!

Deanna and I are co-authors on this curriculum guide. So we both are 🙂

Jennifer Rogers says

Do you happen to have a list of everything in the tool kits? I have the workshop units but I am only on Unit 4. I was wanting to go ahead and make these to use now.

Love this idea!!

Deedee says

Hi there! YES! In the bundle, we added all of the year’s pieces in one download. Just redownload the file and you are good to GO!!! I’m so excited you love it. It was a GAME CHANGER in my room!

Jennifer Rogers says

What if you don’t own the Bundle just individual units 1-6?

Janel says

Deedee, What size binder do you use for your tool kits?

Deedee says

a 1″ binder works perfectly!

Jennifer Mathews says

Deedee, I just want to ask are you cleaning out the pouch after every unit and putting the next units math talk cards in? Thank you!!

Deedee says

No, I don’t take too much out through the year. I will swap out the manipulatives we are using to match the unit that we are in though.

Leann Railing says

I am trying to set up my tool kits and am slightly confused of how many sorting mats and task cards go in each binder. Is it one sorting mat per pair or per child. Also, for the task cards (they come 3 per page) is this one page for each partner pair or are the pages for 3 partner pairs? Please help!!

Deedee says

So… the toolkits are intended to be shared with a partner. So for my class of 20, I made 10 kits. As far as the math talk cards, one set of partners just need 1 card. So when you see 3 on a page, that would work for 3 partners (6 students). I hope that helps!

Leann Railing says

Yes this helps, Thank you!