Sunday, November 6, 2011

Guided Math Games...How I Got Organized

Setting up my games for guided math was quite a task. I wanted to make sure that my students didn't choose the same games over and over, and I also didn't want to have game pieces strung all over the room. So this is what I did.

I should also let you know that I decided to only do the math groups on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This allows me time to introduce any new games for the week and teach a lesson on Monday. On Friday, we review the skills from the week, do our Super Star math problems, and play math games that reinforce the skills from the week.  So...On to how I got going with the guided math games...

First of all, I found all sorts of plastic containers that I just knew I was going to need someday...See honey...I did use them! I put all the pieces that would be needed to play a particular game in its own container.  Some games came in their own box and I just left those alone. 

I then put a colored dot on each shelf of a 3-shelf rolling cart. The games with a green dot on them go on the top shelf...Yellow dot on the middle shelf...Red dot on the bottom shelf. The children choose a different shelf each day...It doesn't matter which day, but they are responsible for all 3 shelves. This way, they are playing a variety of games. The bottom shelf is made up of individual games. The other 2 shelves are partner games.

I gave the kids a schedule card so they can keep track of the shelf they are on...but I'm not too happy with the way it looks yet, or I would show it to you!  Well, I hope this helps you get organized for your guided math groups. I was really happy with the way things worked out this past week. Just remember...You have to make this work in your situation...there is more than one way to make this work.

Remember to check out this Guided Math blog for TONS of AWESOME ideas!  She's been doing this way longer than me!

Have a great Monday!

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  1. I like the idea of having them pick from a different shelf each day. I do math games on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday as well! I love it! I'm still figuring things out but I'm so glad I took the dive and went for it!

  2. Hmmm maybe you could have a chart with their names and the three shelves colors and they could check off that chart before (or after) the group?

    I've seen a checklist similar to this for Daily 5 in a first grade classroom and the kiddos marked off for the day where they were going. It worked pretty well for them.

  3. Yes, the shelves are working well, Julie. Miss T, I do have a chart that I am using with the colored shelves. The kids understand it, but I guess I just don't like the way it looks. :) Thanks so much for the comments ladies!

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  4. Will you come organize my stuff??

    I just hide my stuff behind a curtain. eek.


  5. LOL Too funny! I'm actually an organized slob! My cart looks ok, but you should see my desk & back counter! Thanks for your comment!

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