Teaching Skip Counting


Skip counting was one of the concepts we covered at the beginning of the year in second grade.  Before the Common Core was in place, we used the Michigan standards (Grade Level Content Expectations.)  Based on these, we needed to have second graders counting by 2, 5, 10, 3 and 4.  Yes, you read that right 3 and 4.  As a teacher, I had a hard time wrapping my head around skip counting by 3s and 4s.  As an adult in the real world, I could never figure out why you would skip count by these numbers and I usually could only do it by going through the multiplication facts in my head.  Now, with the Common Core in place, second graders are expected to skip count by 5s, 10s and 100s.  That’s a little more relevant!!

I used picture books to help teach the concept.  These are two that I found helpful.  Count by Fives by Jerry Pallotta has a construction theme and counts by one until it gets to ten and then it counts by five until it gets to one hundred.  There are good visuals on each page that allow the students to count along.

Arctic Fives Arrive by Elinor J. Pinczes is another book that practices skip counting by fives.  This story is about arctic animals coming to an iceberg in groups of five to watch the Northern Lights.  This book only counts up to thirty but all the animals are in the pictures, so students could count along with the book.


Beyond reading picture books, we would use the hundreds chart to help us count.  We would circle the numbers they would say when counting (by 2s, 5s, etc) and then go through and practice counting the numbers.  Every day during calendar we would pick a way to skip count and practice up to 100 and sometimes 200.

We would play round robin type games where we would go around the room and each student would say what would come next depending on what number we were skip counting by.  This could cause anxiety for students who were struggling with this concept so we had the hundreds charts posted to help scaffold for those students. 

Another game we would play was shapes in a minute.  We would pick a shape and they would draw as many as they could in a minute.  Then they would circle the shapes in groups based on what number we were counting by and practice skip counting to find out how many total shapes they drew.  I would usually adjust the shape we used depending on what we were counting by and the skill level of the children.  For example, if they were really good at skip counting by 2s, I might have them draw circles – something they could draw fast so the total number would be high.  If they were struggling with counting by 5s, for example, I would use stars or something that was harder for them to draw, resulting in a lower total number of shapes to count. 

For our higher students who easily mastered the concept of skip counting, we would connect it to repeated addition and then multiplication.  This gave them a little more of challenge and removed the visuals that the other students used to help them count.

I created a counting and skip counting activity for second graders using task cards.  These could be used as a preassessment, an assessment, a math center, math journal entries, and much much more. It uses numbers up to 1,000 and students practice counting and skip counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.




What other strategies or activities do you use to teach skip counting to your students?

Happy Teaching,

Sara

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Early Years Subtraction Songs with Links to Free Resources!



Anyone who has taught in the early years will be familiar with just how effective songs can be in helping children to learn concepts such as subtraction.   As such, I've complied a list of eight popular math songs with links to free resources.

Some Notes About Links


Some of the links direct you to the Twinkl  or TES websites which are amazing treasure troves of educational resources. The vast majority of their resources are free, however you have to sign in with a valid email account to download them.   Both Twinkl and TES are a reputable companies that I've been using for years - I promise they will not spam your email account nor demand your credit card details!  I am not in anyway affiliated with either of them, I simply discovered them whilst teaching in the UK as they are both very popular there.

The video links are all YouTube Videos.  I know that some schools servers block access to You Tube, however did you know that there is free software available you can use to download YouTube videos at home and then play in school?  I was delighted when I discovered this!  However, I did get permission from my Head Teacher first and assured her that all of the videos were prescreened and contained appropriate educational content.  

Five  Currant Buns


Five Little Speckled Frogs


Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree



Five Little Ducks

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Stick Puppets
Small World Background


Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer


Ten Green Bottles


Ten Fat Sausages


Ten in the Bed


Other Resources?


I hope you find these links useful.  I have used these resources a lot with my preschoolers and they love them!  If you have links to any related freebie websites please share them in the comments section below.  

Best wishes,

Lisa

Regrouping and Borrowing with Subtraction

Wow!  There are so many wonderful resources that have already been shared on here!  I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic collaboration!

My name is Krista and I host a blog called Teaching MOMster.  I have been a classroom teacher for over 12 years and I am now getting the chance to be a MOM to my 10 and 11 year olds by staying home and helping in the classrooms.  While I love the opportunity to do so, I miss the kiddos in the classroom so blogging has helped me stay in touch with my teaching side of life!

One of the struggles I have seen at home and at school is subtracting, especially with borrowing!  My daughter had the BIGGEST struggle with this concept when she was younger.  She could not understand why you couldn't just subtract the smaller digit from the larger digit, no matter where that number was located.  Obviously, she didn't understand the concept of subtraction. 

When I was teaching 4th grade, I had some kids who had the same struggles, especially when there were zeros on the top.  So, we started digging in to the REASON that we borrow.  We tried different methods of subtracting.  We used place value blocks, story problems, and money to act it out.  Finally, they understood the concept, but sometimes they still "forgot" as they were subtracting larger numbers.  I used this poster to help them remember what to do. 
I heard them use this phrase to help each other during group work.  Once they understood the concept, they then just needed a quick reminder of what to do with the numbers.

In honor of my FIRST post on One, Two, Three: Math Time, I am making this item FREE!  Just visit my TPT store here to download it for free.  While you are there, I would love for you to follow my shop to keep updated on all my new items.  Enjoy!

How do you help your kiddos struggling with subtraction?  I would love to hear more great ideas!

Krista

Number Sense Picture Books




One of my favorite ways to teach a lesson is to incorporate a picture book into the mini lesson.  I would do this in all subject areas whenever I could find a good picture book that matched the lesson.  Math was no exception.  Not only did I use picture books during my lesson, but I would also set out math books for students to read when they finished their activity/center early. 

While teaching second grade, we usually started the year off with place value.  I didn’t usually need to teach basic number sense but I would set out books, like those described below that included numbers 1-10 and skills such as counting.  These books would be great in a pre-K, kindergarten or first grade classroom.  There are TONS of other titles that would fit into this category.  This just happened to be the books in my personal collection. 


Fat Frogs on a Skinny Log by Sara Riches is a basic counting book that practices numbers one through ten.  This book could also be used for an adjective lesson because each page adds another word to describe the log including slippery, slimy, slithery and shaky.  As I type those, I realize the book could also be used for teaching alliteration.


George’s Store at the Shore by Francine Bassede is another basic counting book for numbers one through ten.  This is a good book because there is one-to-one matching with the objects described in the story and the pictures in the book.  This allows students to be able to count the items and match it to the number on the page.


Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt counts up to ten but then it counts back down to one again.  This book uses rhyme and funny illustrations to tell the story.


Zero is the Leaves on the Tree by Betsy Franco is a little different twist on the normal counting book.  This book focuses only on the number zero.  I was drawn to this book because we rarely address zero but expect the students to know what zero means.  It is written poetically and the pictures match so that students understand that zero means nothing left.

Those are just a few books from my collection that could be used for number sense or counting in the early grades.  What books do you like to use to teach number sense?


Happy Teaching,

Sara

Teaching Boards on Pinterest **UPDATED**



Raise your hand if you love Pinterest!  **ME! ME!! MEEE!!!!**

Pinterest is all the over the place these days!  You can find pretty much anything you're looking for or any tutorial you want.  I know there are times that I could have Googled (yes, I used it as a verb...) something, but rather clicked on over to Pinterest to see if I could find something with a more colorful, enticing link.  I loooooove pictures so any time I can search by pictures (btw, I almost always use Google images to find things) I do!

Anyways, back on track.  The longer that Pinterest is around the more I see some great organization going on.  People are creating more specific boards that help keep things neat and organized as well as help others looks for specifics find what they're looking for.  I have a few personal favorites when it comes to teaching Pinterest boards that I figured I would share.  I am in no way affliated with these boards or the owner.  I just like them :)

Favorite Boards to follow:

  • Cut and Paste projects - Everything on here is a cut/paste classroom activity.  I used to have a cut/paste center up at all times and I love the interaction the kids had.  P.S. They do get better at cleaning up if you're strict in the beginning ;)
  • Math for Kindergarten - With more than 3,500 pins there's always something fun popping up here.  I also like it because it's not exclusively posted on by TpT sellers, but also directs people to teaching blogs.
  • Fonts - Not exactly classroom related, but if you're into downloading and matching up cute fonts for classroom signs, projects, etc then this is a great resource.  I usually use dafont.com to search for the downloadable font.  Usually these "font collages" use the name of the font so you can find it easily.
  • First Grade Faculty - Run by the people over at FirstGradeFaculty.com this page is FILLED with resources and ideas.  
  • Deanna Jump - If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of Ms. Deanna Jump then JUMP on over to her board and see all of her great ideas.  She's truly an inspiration to any teacher!
  • Math Board - Not sure who the creator of this one is but HOLY COW 1,700+ math ideas and pins! (All by one person I might add!)
  • Math Classroom Ideas - This board is run by Charity Preston over at Teaching Blog Traffic School.  She's a wealth of information and a great resource!
And of course if you're curious what my Pinterest teaching board is like you can find it here.  I can tell you that I haven't NOT organized it as well as I should, but there are tons of fun teaching ideas on there.


**UPDATE**  I've created a collaborative Singapore Math board on Pinterest.  If you're interested in posting any resources to this board and seeing what other Singapore math teachers have found helpful then head on over to the board, follow, and leave your Pinterest address below and I will add you so you can start pinning away!!


Leave your favorite Pinterest board link in the comments.  It can be your own or one that you think is great!

Number Bond Resources for Common Core and Singapore Math

Tis the season for number sense and number bonds!  As with any beginning of the school year topic, understanding the foundation is key.  Common Core has led the push for higher understanding of number sense and how numbers are composed.  If you're looking for a way to do this in your classroom check out number bonds and how they can be used to show relationships between numbers, addition, subtractions, and missing numbers (common core biggy).

If you're unfamiliar with Singapore Math and the number bond approach there are plenty of beginners guides out there to help you.  Here's one from YouTube:
For more Singapore Math resources and number bond resources make sure you check out my TpT store.  Here are a few examples of my newest number bond resources:
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Happy Teaching!
Nicole


What Helps Us Learn Math?

One of the things I learned awhile ago about my math teaching, was that I was not paying attention to how all my students learn. When my teaching started to change (out of necessity!) I thought, "Who better to ask how they learn than the students themselves?"

I do this anchor chart with my class every year at the beginning of the school year. I love it because it gives me some very interesting insights into how they are thinking about their learning. :-)

It takes a few steps to get to the finished product... First, I give them all a few minutes to think for themselves at their seats. They write their ideas in their math journal. Usually, they can come up with at least a few things during their think time. I always start with "What Helps ME Learn Math?" to encourage them to think about their own learning.


Next, I have them share their ideas with a partner. This really helps my friends who don't have their own idea to come up with something, or to borrow an idea from their partner.

Once everyone has a chance to write down some of the things that help them learn math, we share out to the whole class and make the chart together. It usually turns out that many people say the same things, but there's often a couple that say things I don't think of! This is where I change the question to "What Helps US Learn Math?" since we do it as a class.


I really do love this activity! We hang the anchor chart on our math board for the whole year. Sometimes, I type up the list and they glue it in their math journals so they have access to it all year. Every once in a while, we revisit the chart during the year and add things to it.

I've also found that this chart works at the beginning of the year or any time! I have done it half way through the year before and it still makes kids think and gives me great information. :-)

If anybody else makes this chart with their kiddos, I would love to see it! If you have a beginning of the year math anchor chart that you love, please share it with us in the comments!

Have a great day all!

~Nichole from The Craft of Teaching

 The Craft of Teaching

Math Workshop - Part 2




Last week I wrote an overview of math workshop.  You can find it here. Today, I’m going to explain a little more about how I set up math workshop in my classroom.  I know many teachers use a rotation of 4 centers which usually includes a teacher station, math facts, something related to the lesson and a game.  We started out with something similar only we broke the class into 3 groups and had them do three rotations a day.  While it was awesome to see every student every day, it became overwhelming to plan that many activities for the whole week.  After some tweaking, we decided to break the class into 5 groups (based on ability and need) and have six stations that they rotated through during the course of the week.  Our week looked like this:

Monday – longer lesson, sometimes we would teach games they would use during workshop that week, or explain some of the stations they would be using
Tuesday - longer lesson, sometimes we would teach games they would use during workshop that week, or explain some of the stations they would be using
Wednesday – a mini lesson, two rotations of math workshop, share
Thursday – a mini lesson, two rotations of math workshop, share
Friday – a mini lesson, two rotations of math workshop, share

This new format allowed us a few things that we felt were missing with the daily math workshop rotations.  First, we had two days to teach longer lessons, which was awesome because we found that certain topics just needed more time than a mini lesson would allow.  Second, we had two days to get them ready for math workshop and explain each station so that once Wednesday came, they could get right to work – no explanations needed.  Third, it was much easier to plan and prep six stations for the entire week. Finally, we still got to see all of our students every week and spend time with them in small groups and individually when needed.

There are three components to the workshop format: Mini lesson, independent practice and share.  Here are some ideas about what each of these parts could look like.

Mini Lesson

Our mini lessons were different each day but here are a few suggestions of ideas you could try. 
-Picture books – read a book that connects to the topic
-Pose a problem for them to solve in their math journal, don’t discuss until share time
-Model how to do a certain type of math problem
-Teach a game or activity
-Create an anchor chart about the topic you are covering including strategies to solve problems

Independent Practice

Our independent practice was the six rotations that the students went to throughout the week.  We had a few stations that we kept the same every week and just changed the activity.  These included:

-Teacher Station – depending on the groups’ needs, we would sometimes review a concept, teach a new concept, practice problems on individual white boards, teach a game, etc.

-Worksheet Station – this was one of the only times throughout the week where we would actually use pencil and paper practice.  We called it worksheet but you could easily use task cards or math journals at this station to have them practice the concept

-Computer Station – students worked with partners (we only had 3 computers in the classroom) and played a game related to the topic for the week.  Some of the games we found could be differentiated for each group.  Sometimes we would review concepts during this station.

-Number Sense – the activities at this station usually changed but we tried to remember to plan for something number related each week.  This included activities like scrolls (writing numbers up to 1,000), number books (different ways to write the same number), card games or flash cards, etc. 

- Estimate It , Sort It , Graph It – This station was a three week rotation.  The first week they would estimate the items.  We usually tried to use seasonal items (Halloween candy, Christmas ornaments, fake flowers, etc.)  The next week they would sort the same items three different ways.  The following week, they would graph those items using a bar graph or a pictograph depending on the time of the year. 


That left one station that we would try to come up with a game or activity directly related to the topic of the week.  Some weeks we had lots of ideas of activities to do or we needed to use a station for a review of an older concept.  During these weeks, we would pull number sense or estimate it, sort it, graph it and replace it with a station related to the current concept. 

Each week, I would post the names of the stations they would be working on so the students had an idea of what to expect. 


Share

Our share was different each day.  Sometimes we would go over the problems posed during the mini lesson and have the students explain their thinking.  Some days we asked questions about what they learned during workshop that day.  Some days (often on Wednesday), we would ask what went well and what could they change.  This was our chance to troubleshoot any potential problems with the whole class to make the rest of the week go smoother. 

I created a document that explains in much more detail how to set up math workshop in an elementary classroom.  It can be found here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Workshop-How-to-Set-Up-Math-Workshop-in-an-Elementary-Classroom-823077


Let me know what questions you have about math workshop so I can try to answer them in future blog posts. 

Happy Teaching,
Sara


Technology in the Elementary Math Classroom




Obviously technology is a huge part of our everyday lives. You're sitting right now reading the blog because of the assistance of technology. But what role should technology play in your classroom?  Specifically in your math instruction?

This debate can become a rather heated one and for good reason. People blame technology for many of the mishaps and problems in today's world as well as praise it for the advances that have become possible. But let's face it...technology isn't going anywhere and if we refuse to adapt our teaching to accommodate we're merely setting kids behind the times.  On the same note it is all about balance!

Some classrooms have much more access to technology than others.  While I feel the school I taught in had a pretty adequate set up there are many schools that would blow my mind. We by no means had iPads, laptops, etc for every student, but even with limited resources there are ways to get by and make sure your students are exposed, engaged, and enriched (alliteration anyone??) to technology on a regular basis. 

Here are a few ways I used technology regularly:

-Educational song and videos:  Songs such as "I can count to 100" "3D Shapes" and "Let's Get Fit (count to 100)" we're a daily staple in my classroom. These songs were a daily warm up, brain break, and even a reward for students.  I found students quickly memorized the lyrics which flowed seamlessly with the videos of shapes, numbers, etc and they were able to translate that into other parts of their learning.  For the English language learners in my room this was crucial to building vocabulary of math terminology.  

-Interactive whiteboard:  My classroom was fortunate enough to have a MimeoTeach that is similar to a Smartboard.  I used it DAILY. Not only was I able to use the lessons that my curriculum had, but also I used it on regular websites. The students were able to do a guided practice activity using games and activities straight from the Internet. I'll post more on my favorite site later!  

-Classroom computers:  Like most classrooms my students were on a rotation for computer access.  The 3 computers in my room were rarely all working at one so it was difficult at times for each student to get equal time. I used a partner system that usually worked well, but honestly I struggled the most with making the computer time more functional and less of a reward system.  I did set up my desktop using a background I made in paint that allowed me to show the students of different grades which activities I wanted them to go on. This was very effective for my pre-readers as they gained independence and confidence. 

Twist n Shout games:  Ever see those Leapfrog games or math Twist n Shouts discarded in the corner or your kid's room or while wandering a garage sale or Goodwill?  If so, TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL.  They are so great to use in center/station rotations and the kids love them. They're great practice and very engaging for students especially with memorizing rote facts. 

I could probably go on and on, but I will save some goodies for another post. Make sure you check out my post on great videos to use in the classroom as well!

Take Care!
Nicole


Hello from Sydney, Australia!

My name is Kelly and I blog over at Little Green from Sydney, Australia! You may be familiar with some of our famous landmarks: the Sydney Harbour Bridge...


...and the Sydney Opera House!


As I'm sure you know, we are just coming out of winter and heading into spring here in Australia, so the weather has been warming up, my garden has been going crazy and we are preparing for a long, hot, dry summer!

As amazing as our city and its weather is, I'm much more excited by what is happening in our classrooms! I've been a primary (elementary) school teacher for ten years and have taught in classrooms across Sydney. What I love most about teaching is that 'aha!' moment, where a student finally grasps the concept I have been trying to teach them. I also love finding and creating the perfect materials to help my students get to that moment.

I'm so excited to be part of this terrific blog and I hope to share with you some great ideas that I have found helpful in my classrooms, as well as some freebies! To get the ball rolling on the freebie front, I wanted to let you know about my most popular Math freebie available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, which I hope you will find useful: my Place Value Mats.


In the pack, there are place value mats for two-digit numbers...


...three-digit numbers...


...and four-digit numbers.


If you're after place value mats for larger numbers, I have a resource for five, six and seven-digit place value as well, which just so happens to be on sale this weekend, along with everything else in my store!

There are plenty of other Math freebies available in my TPT store, as well as resources to buy, so have a look around while you are there.

Thanks so much for having me today, I look forward to coming back next month to share more with you from sunny Sydney!

Pre-Math Skills: Understanding Numbers




There are three main types of numbers:
  • cardinal (counting items in a set, e.g. “two” = 2 blocks)
  • nominal (labels, e.g. “two” as a bus or house number)
  • ordinal (showing rank or position, e.g. “second” in the race, “page number two”)
As you can see from the examples above, something as simple as the number "two" can, in fact, be rather complicated and therefore confusing for early learners.  Exploring all three types of numbers enables young children to construct a solid understanding of numbers and therefore lays excellent foundations for later experiences in math (see Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development for fascinating research as to how children learn). 

Unfortunately, there is a tendency for some early years teachers and parents to focus on the cardinal aspect of numbers.  As such, many children later experience difficulties with concepts such as mental math and positive and negative numbers.

As such, I thought I’d share some of my ideas for exploring nominal and ordinal numbers.

Nominal Numbers




Include a telephone directory and toy telephone in your role-play area.  Encourage children to "call" people/businesses as part of their dramatic play.

Have a Circle Time session about what children should do if they get lost.  Make a telephone craft that involves each child writing or cutting and pasting their own telephone numbers.  If children are too young to memorise their telephone numbers, have them make telephone number bead bracelets.



Discuss addresses.  If you are lucky enough to have an interactive whiteboard in your class you can have lots of fun with Google Maps!  Have your students draw a picture/write a letter to their favourite Disney character.  If they include their home address they will get an autographed reply! 

Ordinal Numbers 



Expose your children to fun and varied number lines - vertical ladders, circular lines (for example on kitchen scales or clocks) and play hopscotch.  Don’t exclusively use the same standard left to right number line. 




Play games that reinforce number sequence, for example snakes and ladders. Click here to access a link to some fun interactive number sequencing games.  

  

Reinforce page number sequence during reading sessions.  “Who can find the page with…?”, “What page number is next?”, “What is the previous page number?”. 



Discuss the date every day.  “What date is today?” . “What date will tomorrow be?”, “What date was yesterday?”

Your ideas?


I'd love to hear about what you do in your classes to explore nominal and ordinal numbers.  Please use the comments section below to share your ideas.  


Thank you for reading!

Lisa

Hello from Colorado!

Hi everyone!

My name is Nichole and I am a blogger from Colorado! I am honored to be a part of One, Two, Three: Math Time. One of my very favorite things about blogging is the collaboration that can occur between teachers from all over the world! I'm excited to be a part of that on this collaborative blog. :-)

A Little About Me
I live in Colorado with my husband, two Golden Retrievers and a cranky tabby cat. I have lived here most of my life and I love it! We live on the plains, but the mountains are only a short drive away and we spend lots of summer weekends there to escape the heat.

Last weekend near Rocky Mountain National Park...it's a moose. :-)
I have been teaching for eleven years, mostly in 4th and 5th grade. This year, though, I am teaching 3rd for the first time. Yikes! It's been quite an adventure so far, but I'm figuring them out. And they are figuring me out. It's all working out. (I think if I keep saying it, it will come true.)

Nichole + Math = A Rocky Start
During my first year or two of teaching, it became abundantly clear that my teaching skills in math were sorely lacking. I hated math as a kid. I HATED teaching it. And I hated that my students were most likely hating it too.

After my second year, I snatched up an opportunity to take a 2 week math course in the summer all about number and operations, and it literally changed everything about the way I was teaching math. One thing led to another and that one class turned into several more about different math topics and eventually a master's degree in middle level (4-8) mathematics teaching. Now, math is my favorite favorite favorite thing to teach! I always tell my students that I would teach math to them all day if our principal would let me.

I hope that I can share some helpful ideas with you through this blog and I can't wait to read some new ideas from the other wonderful collaborators! Thanks so much to Nicole for this great opportunity. :-)

~Nichole from The Craft of Teaching

 The Craft of Teaching


Math Workshop - An Overview

In my last few years of teaching, our district adopted the math workshop model.  We were eager to jump in and try it because it just made sense.  Everything was taught in units with a chance to spiral our curriculum and review certain topics as needed.  This was a vast improvement over the math curriculum that the district had created that we had been using prior to this change.  One of our biggest challenges was figuring out where to start.  At the time, math workshop was a new concept so there were not many resources out there to help us get started.  We were very comfortable with teaching reading and writing workshop but we had read many books and followed the leaders in the industry to get started with those.  Where was our math version of Lucy Calkins or Debbie Miller?  We had so many questions and nowhere to turn.  How did we set up math workshop?  How was it similar to reading or writing workshop?  How was it different from how we taught literacy?  Was it really just a fancy name for centers?  After some district inservices and talking to other teachers in our district who had already tried this new method in their classrooms, we jumped in without the safety net of a published author telling us what to do.  The first year we tried several different versions until we found one that worked for us. 

Math workshop has three major components – mini-lesson, independent practice and share.  While this can be done in a variety of ways, it is usually done through the use of centers/stations/rotations.  Having students rotate through different stations allows them to have different forms of independent practice from worksheets to games to technology to task cards and more.  It also allows teachers to meet with small groups or individuals while the rest of the class is busy and on task. 

Some important things we learned about math workshop:
-Make it your own, there is no right or wrong.  For us, 5 groups with 6 rotations throughout the week worked best.  For other teachers 4 groups and 4 rotations daily works best. 
-Our students LOVED math workshop and were excited about math.
-As teachers we were more excited to teach math using this method.
-Our students seemed to perform better and became deeper thinkers and mathematicians.  We had the chance to review concepts and practice them throughout the year to ensure success.  Concepts were presented and then practiced in a variety of ways targeting all of our different learners.
-It takes organization to make it work.  The more organized and prepared you are, the more smoothly the week runs.

In the coming weeks, I will dig deeper into math workshop and give some ideas for what to do during the mini lesson, independent practice and share portions of workshop.  I’ll also explore some ways to organize math workshop.

I created a document that explains in much more detail how to set up math workshop in an elementary classroom.  It can be found here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Workshop-How-to-Set-Up-Math-Workshop-in-an-Elementary-Classroom-823077


Let me know what questions you have about math workshop so I can try to answer them in future blog posts. 

Happy Teaching,

Sara