I usually complete a short whole group lesson and then 3 math rotations where I meet with each student each day. HOWEVER – I am adjusting my math block to include test prep for the big state test. I am now going to complete a whole group lesson for the full math time in the morning (45 min). In the afternoon – I will dedicated about 40 minutes to test prep rotations THREE times a week.
Below is a screen capture of the sheet students from group 1 have in their math folders. It tells them exactly where to go and what to do.
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I split my students into 4 groups. Groups 1 and 4 are the students that are struggling. I organized them so I could meet with my struggling students twice. The picture above shows where students keep their math notebooks. This notebook holds a sheet that tells them what group they are in and where they go. You also see where I store the math packet for that week (to be completed during independent practice).
I have organized my my rotations into Day A, Day B, and Day C. I made a very simple sign that I put on the board to keep track of what day we are on (see the top picture of the post.)
There are a total of 4 rotations
1. Independent Practice – Math packet
2. iPAD – QR code task cards or iXL math
3. Teacher – Topic students are struggling in
4. Computer – iXL math
—–> We only complete 2 rotations per day.
The picture above shows a look inside the student folder. This is where they keep the math packet they work on during independent practice.
Another rotation is to play a math game (during Day C). This can be task cards or a board game. This week I had students complete this time task card center.
When students come to Teacher we complete a math tri-fold that focuses on a skill they are weak on. This week we worked on fractions on a number line. Notice how I also keep a master list of where students are supposed to be in my math binder.
Why do I love the new rotations? Because I get to meet with 3 to 4 students at a time instead of 4 or 5. It makes a HUGE difference. My favorite thing is the sheet that student keep inside their folder – they know exactly where to go and there is very little time spent switching.