When Hope and I began creating the Magic of Math monthly units, we had a lot of discussions about what we wanted it to look like. We knew that it had to be interactive, engaging, and FUN (for the students and teachers). We also knew that it would NOT consist of worksheets and repetitive activities that would bore the students. So, we decided that our math curriculum would need to consist of mini-lessons, word problems, student activities, interactive notebook entries, and assessments that would engage little learners each week. When I say that these units are a labor of love, I truly mean that. We create each and every single one from scratch. We don’t just change out clip art or numbers for each unit. The activities and lessons have been created uniquely for each specific skill. So, before I show you each component, let me answer a few commonly asked questions.
Q: Are these meant to be taught as supplemental lessons or as an entire math curriculum?
A: Either one! We have developed each day so that you can use it as your main resource (of course it’s always important to check your district and state requirements to make sure you are covering everything expected). BUT, if you already have a resource that you are required to follow, you can also just pick and choose activities from each unit that you want to incorporate into your day. You may just want to play some of the games or use the interactive notebook components. We definitely don’t expect everyone to follow it exactly like we have it planned out. Teachers are professionals and are capable of reaching their students’ needs! So, use the whole thing OR use the pieces you like best!
Q: How long do the materials take to prep?
Q: How long do you need each day to fit in all of the components?
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