It’s Monday, friends! I’m here to walk you through our little math block. Each day looks different, but I hope this will give you a general idea as to what we try to accomplish in 60-75 minutes!
This week we are continuing to learn how to count coins. I swear if it weren’t for those stinkin’ quarters then we would have this down pat, can I get an amen?! We started off with a little whole group review at the carpet (you’ll just have to imagine it because I didn’t take pictures of this part). We watched a Brain Pop video and counted coins together… recalling the steps and how to add on.
Then, my students worked in partners to complete our Counting Coins Pocket Book. We fold/glue the pocket books together, put the labels on, and all that jazz before we start the actual work part.
Then, I gave my students the counting coins page- they had to write the totals and come show me BEFORE cutting and sorting into the right pocket. Ain’t nobody got time to take little rectangles out and check them one at a time. It’s SO much easier to check the completed page FIRST! I circled any missed problems and gave them a chance to correct before they started cutting and sorting. Once every problem was correct, into the pockets the groups of coins went! I would say this took about 20 minutes to complete from start to finish 🙂
As soon as they were finished with their math activity they headed straight to math stations! This particular group was working on counting money, but each station is different. You can get the station shown below HERE. It takes them between 20-25 minutes to complete their stations.
As my kiddos are working on math stations, I have a math group going on at my table. It’s part of our rotation, so no one is being pulled from their station UNLESS it is absolutely necessary. This week at math group my kiddos are using an activity from my It’s All About the Money unit. We used the cards to make the different amounts of money. Several times I would have them show me more than one way to make the amount because they were reverting back to using what is easy… pennies. I wanted to make sure they can use ALL of the coins 🙂
They had about 5 minutes to spare in math group, so I pulled out my BRAND-NEW handy dandy notebook that I made over the weekend. This was a HUGE hit! I turned to the coin pages and they got after it right away 🙂
One of my friends was needing a little extra help so we pulled out the play money to lay over the pictures of the coins. After doing this a couple of times he was able to put the play money away and finish up! Sometimes you just need to touch the money to “get it”
So, let’s break it down…
Warm-Up/Whole Group lesson: 15 minutes
Activity: 20 minutes
Math Stations and Small Group: 25 minutes
It definitely varies from day-to-day, but I am getting more consistent… finally! What does your math block look like? I’d LOVE to know!