I am going to try to answer some of the questions we have gotten on our Math Workshop units.
1. Do you have a year-long plan created?
UPDATE: Yes we do! You can see the curriculum guide (with some free resources at the end of this post).
2. Is it common core aligned?
You betcha! If you are not a state that has adopted the CCSS, you can still use these workshops as they represent “best practices” with lots of hands-on learning.
3. Where do you keep your math word wall?
These vocabulary cards are included in the unit. We use them in a pocket chart during the month, then the get retired to the cabinets above my cubbies. We can always take them down again.
4. How do you store your lessons?
I dragged these home during my Spring Break to help me work on the year-long plan (see question #1). I like having them in smaller binders because they are easy to use during lessons and to bring back and forth to school. These small binders (1/2″) are the perfect size
5. Where do you store your teaching materials?
I have had to get a larger basket! This is where I store my fluency cards, fluency task cards, and rekenrek task cards. I keep this by my desk at school. My students love to grab them and play “teacher.”
- Fluency cards and task cards.
- Number bond fluency cards.
- What is looks like all together
- My new fluency cards from Unit 7. Printed and laminated, but waiting for the “Cutting Out Fairy” to show up… that would be me!
The student work mats and math talk cards go into the math tool kits. You can read more about these and grab some resources by looking at this recent post HERE.
6. What do you do for small group math instruction?
You could reteach the whole group lessons in a small setting or you can use our small group lessons. You can find those units HERE.
7. What do the lessons look like?
|Measurement lesson… photo taken by one of my sweet little kinder friends. He is better with a camera than me. A similar scale can be found HERE.|
I start each day with fluency practice (quick), then we go into workshop mode. I lead a small lesson and students explore. Ya gotta love how a Jolly Rancher made it into their explore.
|Data collection-student explore|
8. How many units are there?
9. Is there a first-grade unit?
10. Do they need to be taught in order?
No, they do not. However, the units do build upon each other. There needs to be an understanding of the prerequisite skills if you decide to skip units.
I sure hope that helps answer a few math workshop questions! If I missed a question, please feel free to leave a comment.