Thank you SO MUCH for all of your sweet support during the Daily Five posts! (Click HERE to read the D5 posts!) Many of you said that you were interested in Math Menu and I promised you Math Menu posts would be coming soon! :) So sorry to keep you waiting...I have been working in my room with my sweet hubs, who has been on vacation this week! I needed his muscles to paint, hang, and glue! Who WOULDN'T want to spend their vaca in a first grade classroom??!! :)
Since I adored the HECK out of D5 last year, my team and I sat down to brainstorm how we could make our math block look like our reading block and came up with Math Menu! I mean, D5 was going sooooo smoothly...why couldn't our math block look the same way???
So, Math Menu was born! Now, there are lots of Math Menus out there! I am DEF not claiming to have created this! We called it a "menu" because the kiddos get to CHOOSE their station, just like in Daily Five. All WE did was sit down with The Daily Five book and list ALL of the things that our firsties were expected to complete at some point during the math block. Math journals, IXL, spiral review, OH MY! So much to fit in, such little time! BUT...Math Menu makes it all better! :)
I will give a quick overview (like I did with Daily Five) and then I will go in to detail about each "station" in my next 5 posts!
Our Math menu takes about 45 minutes. We do Calendar, Daily Data, and Number Talks for 15 minutes before Specials, and then start Math Menu when we get back!
Mini Lesson - 15 minutes
Work Session -12 minutes
Check in (choose choice for second session) - 5 minutes
Work Session - 12 minutes
By the end of the week, the students have been to each station at least 2 times! :)
Here's the scoop ~
5 Parts of The Daily Five (loosely!) translated to math:
Read to Self (Independent Work) ~ MOUNTAIN MATH
This is where the spiral review comes in! Last year, we did ADD Math.
This is a great spiral review, BUT a lot of our kiddos finished QUICKLY! Sooo....I am going to use ADD Math in my small groups and we are using Mountain Math this year! I will post more about this tomorrow!
Work on Writing ~ MATH JOURNALS
Students will solve word problems and write about Daily Data in their journals!
Read to Someone ~ MATH GAMES
Instead of reading a book with a partner, they will play a math game!
Word Work ~ NUMBER WORK
This is where our traditional "center activities" fit in! The best way to describe what we put in this station is basically a game or activity with manipulatives with a recording sheet!
Listen to Reading ~ COMPUTERS (IXL) and iPAD (Math apps)
SO, there you have it! What do you think???? I will explain Math Menu more in detail in my next 5 posts! STAY TUNED!
Today is the LAST DAY to enter the giveaway for my 3 TpT activities! PS - The Pizza! Pizza! mini unit has a Pizza Parts fraction game that would be PERFECT for Math Menu! :) I will choose the winners tonight!
Up next...Mountain Math (spiral review station in Math Menu!)