In starting to do demo lessons in different classrooms, I wanted to come up with a new way to organize groups that was easy and effective. I also wanted to create a document/folder to put at each station, so that the students could go there and know exactly what to do.
Here’s what I came up with. If this seems like something that would work for you, that’s great! I am happy to speak with anyone about this further. I’m trying it out today for the first time, so I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂
This link will let you download the pdf version of the file. I am working on changing the font in the Word version so the formatting isn’t so inconsistent. Problem Solving- Math Centers
Below are some pictures of what this looks like all put together. Hope it helps some of you!
These are the daily math stations. They will usually be the same, but sometimes Independent Practice might get swapped out for another game or activity. I am starting the lowest group at the teacher station, but that can also change.
These are the daily math groups. I have them configured beforehand (based on pre assessment), but won’t write the names until after the exit ticket is given/checked (in case I want to go back and change any grouping).
These are the problem solving folders. Inside each folder will be the same problem. Each group has differentiated tasks, based on the level of the group. These are laminated inside the folder so the group always knows what is expected of them.
Inside the Problem Solving station folders. Tasks are on the right, group rules are on the left.
Independent practice folders are at the Independent Practice station, along with 4 or 5 textbooks.
Inside the independent practice folder, group rules are again on the left. On the right, there is an explanation of what to do at this station. The actual assignment is written in dry erase marker and can be changed based on your group.
I taped this envelope to the back. Inside, I copied the answer key so students can self-check. It is part of the students’ job to have a friend initial their work to give them further accountability.