Guided Math Small Group Beginning

I’m diving in tomorrow. Well, a little bit anyway. 🙂

It will be my 1st official day of math small group instruction. I’m going to keep it simple tomorrow so that we can all get used to this type of environment. So no new skill tomorrow. Just a review of ratios/rates.

But I will be showing them how to problem solve by showing some LOVE. I got this idea from a teacher who blogged about how she taught her students to problem solve this way.

You can read her post here:

Our 3 rotations are going to be:


2. Small group with me

3. Practice sheet on current skill-they will work as a group to complete this. IF they finish, they can play a game.

For my small group instruction I am going to keep it somewhat simple.

First, we are going to work up with some multiplication facts. I just printed an entire set from this website below. Thank you to the angel that created these!! 🙂

Multiplication Flash Cards

After that little warm up, we are going to self correct the math test from last week and discuss. Then, if we have time, we are going to problem solve 1 problem from the math test using our new LOVE strategy. At the end of small group time, they are going to put their name card in the appropriate place on the MATH bulletin board.

I NEED MORE PRACTICE               I’VE GOT IT                   I COULD TEACH SOMEONE

This is IF I have time to redo a bulletin board. 🙂

I’ll be reporting back during the week to let you know how it goes! 🙂



Math Laughs

This post is for anyone who needs a good laugh!

First of all, they were working with partners and in groups throughout math today. At one point one student summons me over by raising his hand and saying VERY excitedly,” Mrs. Shannon , come here- I got it, I got it.”

I head over to him. Bend down and ask him what he’s thinking, to explain it to me. He stares at his whiteboard. Doesn’t say anything. So I say again-what are you thinking. He starts laughing. Says I’ve put him on the spot. I start laughing and say,”You’re the one who called me over here!”

We both laugh a good one at that.

Then I start videoing them working in groups. I have to say this is the funniest video I’ve gotten so far this year!

Notice the last boy on the right. So. Matter. Of. Fact. 🙂