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Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

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March 21 Deedee 4 min read

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this blog post, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. 

NOTE:  This blog post contains affiliate links but the opinions are my own.

Why do we incorporate kindergarten small group math? 

Why do we incorporate kindergarten small group math?   The answer is simple… we need to! 

  • Students enter the year with varying math and numeracy skills.  
  • Small group math supports number sense as well as other numeracy skills
  • Small group math offers FOCUSED instruction that is scaffolded so students can access this new understanding.

Some kindergarten students enter the year with a solid mathematical background and others do not.  Even the best teachers are challenged to teach math in a whole group setting.  Teachers face challenges such as students’ attention level or inability to understand the instruction at the level it is taught in a whole group setting.  There are other students you may have that ALREADY know the skills you are teaching in your whole group setting.  How do you ensure that those students are being challenged?

Start your kindergarten small group math with an assessment

Before we even start small groups, we need to have a firm understanding of what the students know and what they are still needing to learn.  I love ESGI for this VERY reason!   I have created math assessments for kindergarten that are aligned to the Common Core standard.  If you are not a CCSS school, no worries, these assessments are still essential in understanding the strengths and needs of your student.  You can read more about ESGI and get a 60-day free trial by clicking:

Why I LOVE Kindergarten Assessments! Don’t Hate Me!

This image below shows just a few of the assessments that are included in your ESGI subscription.   ALSO if you use our Guiding Kinders Kindergarten Math units, I have written unit assessments for ESGI as well!  That was easy… right? Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

We also have assessments in our Small Group Math Units for each module.  We do a pre-test to help us group our students.  We also conduct a post-test to document their progress.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Pre-Assessment
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Pre-Assessment and Fluency Cards

Once we have our data, we are ready to form our math groups.  Here is an example of what a weekly schedule looks like.  Students move in and out of groups AND a student can be in more than one group.  These groups are meant to be fluid.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

This is a free file that you can download at the very end of this blog post.  This small group planning page allows me to quickly change my groups!

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group: Scheduling and Organization Page

Wait!  What are the other kids doing while math groups are going on?

Students are simply working in centers or stations!  Here are a few of the activities that I call Anchor Activities.  These are HIGHLY predictive and HIGHLY engaging. The offer an opportunity for students to overlearn math and numeracy skills.  I can go on and on about math centers (in fact, I did).  You can read more about the types of activities I have in math centers, plus how I manage them by reading:  12 Math Center Activities That Will Engage Your Class ALL Year! (Free File)

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Math Work Stations Spring edition
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Math Roll, Say, Keep Spring
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Just Roll With It! Differentiated Cube Activites

Organizing your small group math stuff!

Oh! My!  Organization is something I HAVE to work to achieve.  I am a professional paper stacker and shuffler!  Having a system to organize your math group materials helps… a LOT!

I start by comb-binding all of the different math modules. I always get asked about the comb-binding machine I use, so HERE is a link to the one I have… LOVE IT!!  The teacher modules are just a few of the math units that are included in our small group math bundle.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math Organization
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math Organization

Because our math is very hands-on, there are a lot of pieces!  Some of them go into this organizer.  Things like the fluency cards and numeral formation cards sit in here perfectly.  Because we reinforce these skills in many of the different math groups, it makes sense for me to have them all together.  Printing them on different colored card stock helps me to find them fast!

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math Organization and Fluency Cards

Then I put each of the module pieces in these zipper pouches.  I was unable to find the ones I bought on Amazon, but you can find similar ones by clicking HERE.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math Organization
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math Organization

Now we are ready to teach our small group math

Our lessons are structured the same way for each module.   

  • Daily fluency practice warm-up/numeral formation if needed (5 minutes)
  • Reteach skills that students need with hands-on learning and practice (7-10 minutes)
  • Response Sheet/Journals (5-7 minutes)

The goal is to keep each group to just 20 minutes.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Numeral Formation Practice

Small Group Math Activities

Here are a few examples of the activities students do.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Counting and Numeral Formation
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Data and Graphing
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Addition Activities
Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Addition Activites

Small Group Math Response Pages and Journals

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!
Small Group Math: Counting and Numeral Formation

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

Small Group Math: Data and Graphing

Kindergarten Math Crafts

We also like to hook students with some engaging math crafts that help reinforce the skills they are practicing during their small group math lessons.  Here are just a few of them.

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

There you have it!  Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy!!!

You can find all of these activities and more by clicking:  Kindergarten Small Group Math

Kindergarten Math Groups Made Easy and a FREE file? You got it! In this article, you will read how I organize my math groups, assess, differentiate, and teach students with hands-on math activities that are sure to engage your kindergarten classroom. Get your FREE file too!

Small Group Math FREE file

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9 Comments

  • Rhonda March 30 at 7:52 pm

    I am so excited! My school just purchased the Small Group Math Bundle for me. I already use your Guiding Math bundle. Just curious how you schedule both into your day? Thanks…you are the bomb!

  • Paula April 4 at 9:37 am

    What does you small group centers look like? How many do you have and how many students are in each center? Do you change them daily or do you keep the same centers all week and then change them? I’m sure you have answered this but I didn’t see it. Also, what does it look like on paper?
    thank you!!!!

  • imgrum April 11 at 12:49 am

    It sounds great! Thank you for sharing! Gotta try it!

  • Jessica January 20 at 4:35 pm

    Where do I find the covers for you small group books?

    • Deedee January 20 at 4:39 pm

      They are included in the units ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Susan Batcheller May 29 at 8:27 pm

    Hi DeeDee, I just attended your webinar for Interventions and purchased the Small Group Guided Math. I teach first grade and thought that was the bundle I purchased and it turns out that it was the kindergarten math. Do you have this bundle for first grade?

    Thank you,

    Susan Batcheller

    • Deedee June 5 at 11:11 am

      Susan! I’m just seeing this. I have done a flurry of emails back and forth to people. Will you let me know if you still need help?

      [email protected]

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