to part 5 of my guided math series. So far we’ve discussed how to set up your
math block, I’ve shared a guided math breakdown, talked about establishing
procedures, and shared some of my favorite must have materials. You can check
out any of these posts by clicking on the links below.
Part 2: Guided Math Breakdown
Part 3: Establishing Procedures
Part 4: Must Have Materials
we are going to be talking about how to create functional stations that run
smoothly in your classroom by creating the right groups and we will also talk
about how you can differentiate your stations easily.
lets talk about student grouping. Here are somethings you need to decide.
many groups are you going to have?
You want to keep your groups small
many students do you want in each group?
a group.Most of my groups have 4-5 students.
that Flexibility is Key!!! You want to be able to easily move students to a
different group throughout the year.
how do I keep up with all this? I keep all of this information in my Guided Math Binder. Let me tell you now that I am a very Type B person but if I didn’t
use this, I would be lost. It is something I’ve had to make myself use and I’m
so much more organized for it. This binder includes several different group
page options from 4-6 groups.
use this organizer page along with sticky notes to keep track of my groups. I
write the group name in each box and then use small sticky notes with student
names so I can easily move names around when needed.
lets talk about how to group students. There are two different ways to do this.
are the benefits of mixed ability grouping?
learn best from one another. They learn from each other and are motivated to
keep up with the group.
are the benefits of same ability student grouping?
students away from different groups.
choose to group my students by same ability and then my stations are differentiated
to meet individual needs. Now I know what you must be thinking…how does she
differentiate. It’s really very simple.
can be easy when done right. Sometimes it takes a little extra prep but not
always. I have two different systems.
task cards with differentiated recording sheets. In the example shown below, I
have the exact same set of task cards but each group may be working on a
different place value skill.
You can use any three colors you’d like. I use these:
use these colored stickers to label each set of answer sheets. Each group knows
what color they are assigned too. This way each group is using the same set of
cards but each one is focusing on a different skill. This activity can be found
in my Back to School Math Stations pack or in the Yearly Bundle!
got tired of trying to find all these different activities that were the same
but also different for my students to work on. That’s when I took matters into
my own hands and started to create differentiated stations that would meet the
needs of all my students. All activities
include the same activity in three different levels.
run each activity off on a different set of colored paper. I buy the large packs on Amazon and they usually will last me most of the year. Again, orange is for
my lower students, green is average and blue is high.
my addition set orange (set 1) goes to sums of 10, green (set 2) goes to sums
of 15, and blue (set 3) goes to sums of 20. They can all be using the same set
of manipulatves or different ones.
the activity is the same, it is just using different numbers. The same
recording sheet is used for all three.
set is also labeled so even if they aren’t ran off on different colors, they won’t
get mixed up.
help with differentiation? Please feel free to e-mail me and I’ll be happy to
help. I hope this post gave you some insight on how to easily set up your
groups and differentiate your small group instruction.
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