A few weeks ago I shared how to get started for guided math.  Today, I am back to share more about preparing for groups.

Now, please keep in mind this is how I have chosen to organize my guided math groups over the years.  There are many different variations!

Let’s dive in, shall we?
This is always the ten million dollar question, and I have done it ten million different ways (or so it feels!)! Hold on to your bootstraps, because I have a whole bunch to say about this! LOL!
This is the schedule I shared in the previous guided math post. You can download it in that post free.
Today’s post is going to focus on centers, interactive notebooks, and seat work. I will write a different post about Magic Number.  It is going to be huge on it’s own!
Let’s break it down and focus on each different task.
This is where your judgement comes in regarding your class.  I have had some classes that could handle LOTS of freedom and others that…well, not so much.
Would you like to try a sample of this pack?
Click on the picture above!!
I am so excited about the pack above!!!!!!!! It has everything you  need to do guided math / math workshop!  Just print and go!  My favorite!
I also have lots of ideas and FREEBIES for games for partners on my guided math page on my website. Make sure to check it out!
Let’s move on to another task. Seat work.   I know some people hate it, but I do think that (in small doses) it is good for students to independently practice what they can do on paper.

Let’s move on to something more “fun.”  How about some interactive notebooks?  They are all the rage right now!
Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter shared some awesome tips on using interactive notebooks with primary kids.  Make sure to check it out!
So, now you have an idea of what the kids could be doing.  but how do you get kids ready for all that change and transition (shudder!!).
Want to see it for yourself?
Click on the picture above to download the lesson suggestions!
So, now let’s get to the nitty gritty…

Do you want the labels above? Click on the pictures!!
Whew!  I could keep going on and on, but it is lunch time around here!   I will be back VERY soon with more about organizing materials and that mysterious Magic Number!

Looking for more guided math posts? Check these out!



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  1. kss425 September 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you!! This is so helpful! We just started departmentalizing in 3rd grade this year and I'm teaching math. I have 100 minutes a day with each group. Way longer than I've never had for Math. Can't wait for the next post. This is a godsend! 🙂

  2. Erika September 4, 2014 at 3:18 am

    The link for teaching procedures takes me to an activity instead. Help!

    • Mandy Gregory September 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Yikes! Sorry Erika! It is now fixed! Thanks for the heads up!!!!!!

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