The Stations

The Schedule and Stations


Here is description of how I schedule my groups and what each of the stations entail...

10-15 min
Whole Class Lesson Introduction (would include Math Message and or review and a brief introduction of the days lesson)

15-20 min 
Group Rotations


Group Rotation Schedule


Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
1st Station
Meet with
Teacher
Math
Games
Math
Card Game
Individual
Work
2nd Station
Individual
Work
Meet with
Teacher
Math
Games
Math
Card Game
3rd Station
Math
Card Game
Individual
Work
Meet with
Teacher
Math
Games
4th Station
Math
Games
Math
Card Game
Individual
Work
Meet with
Teacher





Modified Split Multi-Age Rotation Schedule

Here is the schedule I am currently using with my multi-age class.  The first two groups are 3rd grade and the last two groups are fourth grade.  I wrote a post here describing why I needed to modify my schedule with my split classroom this school year.    




Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
1st Station
All 3rd
Meet with
Teacher
Individual 
Work
Math
Card Game
Math Games
2nd Station
Individual
Work
Meet with
Teacher
Math
Games
Math
Card Game
3rd Station
Math
Card Game
Math 
Games
All 4th
Meet with
Teacher
Individual Work
4th Station
Math
Games
Math 
Card Game
Individual
Work
Meet with
Teacher



Group Lessons
Meet at kidney table or in a meeting area. I have a small white board next to the table to show work on, students love to "play teacher" and show the group what they know on the white board during group lessons. I also usually have individual whiteboards for each student for practice. The lesson will include continuation of days lesson and guided practice- usually follow along with Everyday Math Journal Practice Pages

Individual 
Students complete Everyday Math Journal- Math Boxes and coordinating Practice Pages, Skill Link pages or individual worksheet practice. They may not leave this station unless all work is completed. They will have to stay at this station, the next rotation until completed.

Math Game
I have a variety of math board games, file folder games, etc. I got a lot through DonorsChoose donations. Somedays I tell students what they must play and other times I give a category, such as any multiplication game or any money game.  TeachersPayTeachers is a great resource for free and paying math games, check it out.


Math Cards 
At the beginning of the year and throughout the year I teach students addition/sub/mult/div/place value card games. You can play with any standard deck. You can even purchase specific place value/fraction/money playing cards through LakeShore Learning, for a more specific skill game.

In the past I have forgone the beginning mini-lesson and just did straight small groups. Sometimes it depends on the day and the lesson that needs to be taught. Needless to say my math block never is shorter than 75 minutes, most times 90 minutes long.

33 comments:

  1. Dear Mary,
    One thing that I've learned is that the 4th Group: the one that the teacher sees the last session of Guided Math should have some of your most responsible students in it. That's because they must wait until the next day to do their journal pages from the previous days lesson. Do you agree?
    Deborah/The Math Lady

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  2. Deborah,
    I teach guided math groups and I always do a short introduction to the lesson as a whole group. My most-responsible and advanced students begin groups at the Journal/Independent work center. When they rotate to me at the end of our math time, I check their journals to make sure they grasped the concept for that day. If not, I re-teach it to them. If they understood the concept, we discuss it and I provide math extensions during their teacher time.

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  3. So if I'm understanding this correctly...your game station and card game may not be be the same skill they are learning for that day. I like this set up because it seems more managable. You could have your games focus on the big skills.

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  4. Correct, my games focus on the big skills. I think it would make me crazy to have to change out my games for each day, considering that EDM often times does not cover the same skill lesson to lesson. If we are doing a multiplication unit, I might focus more on multiplication games for that time period, same for place value or decimals. Try to make it as easy on yourself as possible.

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  5. I am so glad I came across your blog. I was going to do differentiated instruction with math last year but I was trying to do a game that covered the skill we were working on each day. When I began to plan games, I began to go insane and scratched the entire idea. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Mary-
    Thank you for creating this site! I am excited to begin guided math groups this school year and am happy to see great resources and ideas!
    Angie

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  7. WOW! Great site...thank you so much!
    Sandy

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  8. Great input! I do have two questions:
    1. How many students are in each group?
    2. How long are the stations?
    Centers have not worked for me in the past and I am hoping this year it will stick. By reading fantastic ideas from other teachers I believe I can do it!!

    pwilson4.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi Patti!
    My group sizes vary. When I had a straight fourth grade I kept them pretty even, except my first group I kept lower because they needed more help. With my split class I only have two groups to put on grade level into. My split this year is 8 3rd graders and 16 4th graders, my groups won't even be close to being even but we will make do.
    My stations are 20 minutes long. I am fortunate enough to have a good amount of time to dedicate towards math each day. Make it work for your schedule, you can certainly do less time for stations. Good luck, it may be hard at first but with modeling and consistency, you can do it!

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  10. Which would you recommend since I don't have your kind of time for math: a 10-15 min. whole group lesson followed by 3 rotations (20 min) with 7-8 students in each group, or a whole group lesson followed by 4 (15 min) rotations with 5-6 students in each? I'm thinking they need the 20 minutes to really do anything, but 7-8 students?!?

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  11. I am so excited that I found your blog! I teach 3rd grade and have decided to teach math this way this year! I have been searching for resources and cannot wait to try this! Would you be able to send me a typical lesson plan that you use? Just so I can get an idea of what it should look like - THANKS!

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  12. Darlene, 15 or 20 minutes, lower number or higher number of kids. Tricky. My first thought is the 15 minute rotation, a few years ago, when I had to get science in at the end of the day. I had to cut minutes. I did 15 minute rotation two days a week. It was very doable, as long as you do a whole group introduction. During group you won't be teaching the main concept the first time, you are reviewing, reinforcing and answering questions.
    Last year my third grade groups were 8 kids each, that was high but not impossible.
    What I would suggest is to get to know your kids, during those first several weeks when you are teaching routines and not doing stations to begin with. See if this is a group that can handle a group of 7-8 or do they need smaller groups. Once you can get a good idea on your students, you can determine what route you want to go.

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  13. Starr, I would be more than happy to share a lesson plan I have. Although it is in my files on my school computer. I will be there early next week and will be sure to pull a lesson and post it. Glad I could be of help!

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  14. Could you explain what sorts of prompts procedures and performance you expect from the math journals station?

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  15. I just came across your site i will be teaching 3rd grade math this year and i am so excited to have this teaching model...i am new to blogs...have you already posted the lesson plan someone asked for above?

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  16. Do you check Math boxes and any other work when they meet with teacher?

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  17. I do check the math boxes when they meet with the teacher. I might not do it everytime but enough to make sure the kids are on task and understanding the concepts.
    Usually the kids that have trouble with the individual work are usually my intervention kids. I have a set intervention time that I use to work with these students on these concepts.

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  18. Loving this! I do rotations all the time, but this makes it structured and relevant.

    Just a question, what does the Maths Journal look like? I can understand giving a worksheet at this time to reinforce skills but I am not sure what a Maths Journal or maths boxes are.

    Also, I have access to laptops, would you incorporate skill building on maths websites (the students pay a subscription to a very good one called mathletics) as one of the rotations? Would this be during the individual time (we have 10, so plenty for one each) or as a game?

    Thanks

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  19. I just found your blog and it is great. I am teaching 3rd grade this year with the EDM program. I love the center idea. I would like to see a sample lesson plan. I can see this working with my group this year (yes, it is almost over). Oh well...
    Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Hi Mary,
    I am so glad I found your site! I am planning to use guided math this year to help better differentiate my instruction, but I've been really struggling trying to figure it all out. I've gotten some great ideas from the site and your posts. I saw you mention your students that receive interventions. Do you have a separate time of day that you do them? I am trying to figure out a schedule where I can do both core and interventions for 2 grade levels in 70 minutes. Anyone have any ideas?

    Sarah

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  21. Hi Sarah, Yes I have a seperate time that I do interventions. Typically first thing in the morning. I do math in the afternoon. One idea is to keep your intervention kids in the same group. When you make your schedule for which groups you will meet each day, make it a standard that you meet with your intervention group everyday. This time will count towards intervention time. I received a pretty good response of sample schdules, my goal is to compile them all next week and post it. I am sure one of the sample schedules will work for you. Good Luck!

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  22. I am so glad I found your site. I have started reading the Guided Math book and am excited to do this next year. My problem is that I have only 60 minutes to work with kids and I am scared that I won't have enough time. I am thinking of doing only 3 groups as I should have no more than 18 students in my classroom for math But I am not sure how I am going to get all of it in if I do a mini lesson prior to small groups. Any suggestions???

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  23. Hi Mary!

    We are starting guided math at our school this year too and finding your site has been a blessing! We have a 90 minute math block at our campus. Thank you for sharing your insight and learning experiences with us.

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  24. How do you do Math Centers, Math Daily 5, Guided Math in your classroom,? I'm having a Math Daily 5 Linky Party and would love it if you all joined and shared your expertise. Thanks!

    Diane
    Teaching with Moxie

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  25. Teachers should be creative enough to take lessons in math so that students may not find to be boring during the class. As teachers you should think of an alternative way that enhance their mind to think and learn during the course of the lesson.



    Jojo @ 6th grade math worksheet

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  26. Mary,
    I'm just getting into guided math after working with EDM for the last 5 years. I have about 80 minutes for math (though I may be able to squeeze 90 out of it if I am VERY efficient at getting administrative stuff done in the AM) and it's split up into 60 & 20. I've been tripped up on the idea of having to do the whole group lesson and then split into groups... but this was a revelation... teaching the lesson in the small group itself. Thank you so much for you contribution to the teaching community.

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  27. Hi Tonya,
    I do that quite often myself, just teach the whole lesson in the small group itself. There are a lot of lessons you can do that. Some lessons are too long to fit into that small group lesson. Having a the mini-lesson breaks up the length. I hope all works out well for you and good luck!

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  28. Hi Mary!

    I am a 4th grade teacher and I have only 40 minutes a day and I would really like to try guided math groups. I have a struggling group of students this year and I'm trying to see if I could come up with something that would help them. So, I was wondering if you had any advice for me on how to set guided math groups up...I was thinking 3 rotations for 10 minutes each after a 15 minute whole group instruction. Let me know! Thanks! Amy Firnstahl afirnstahl@stmarycatholicschool.net

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  29. I love this blog! Thank you so much for sharing. I teach 3rd grade EDM and have been attempting to implement a Guided Math program. Would you please share one of your lesson plans that I can use as a guide? I am just starting Unit 3. This is awesome!

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  31. This looks simple and "do-able". Are you saying you have an additional intervention time to meet with struggling kiddos? I worry about the struggling kids working on their own with math boxes. Is there a procedure you have figured out so you can work with your other groups if someone needs help?

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  32. I am currently an intern in a 4th grade class. I am being asked to use the Workshop (Stations) model in math. I have tried this for 2 days now and am really struggling due to the fact that I only have 1 hour for math. Actually not even an hour because kids are coming from other parts of the school and take about an additional 5 - 8 minutes to get there and settled. I really only have about 50 minutes. To do the mini-lesson and then stations along with a closing is tough. Any suggestions? We also use Everyday Math.

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  33. I only have 70 minutes for math. Does it sound feasible to do a 10 minute whole group and 3 20 minute rotations? --maybe combining the games and card games stations

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