Every teacher knows that convenience is key when it comes to classroom supplies. Having to walk all the way back to your desk just to grab your Expo marker can be frustrating, but you also lose valuable student instruction time. When students are engaged in your small group the last thing you want to do is break their concentration because you forgot something you need. It’s important to have supplies on hand during your math small group instruction so that learning time isn’t wasted!
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There are several things I like to have on my cart next to my small group table so that I’m always prepared. First is my Guided Math Binder. This holds my guided math planning pages, lesson plans for each group, observation notes, and so much more. Having everything in one binder makes it so much easier to find things faster!
Since I have my small group lesson plans all in one place it makes transitioning between small group rotations much easier. Simply label divider tabs with the names of your different groups to flip to them faster.
I like to have commonly used supplies all in one place during my math small group instruction so that everything is always within arm’s reach. You never know when you might need extra supplies not only for you but for your students, as well. I picked up this basket organizer from Michael’s and it’s the perfect thing for holding all of my materials. Plus, I am in love with the color of it!
There is a top section that can hold small items and then a larger section for bigger supplies on the bottom. Below is a list of a few of my favorite supplies that you’ll find in my basket:
- Post-It Notes
- Dry Erase Boards
- Dry Erase Markers
- White Board Erasers
- Transparent Spinners
- Plastic Sleeves
- Dry Erase Dice
- Index Cards
- Number Cards (numbers 0-9)
- Math Comprehension Stems
- Beaded Number Lines (found in my Addition and Subtraction Strategies Unit)
You can find all of the supplies from the list above at your local dollar store or in my Amazon storefront. I like to keep a combination of manipulatives, school supplies, and hands-on activities for our unit inside of the basket.
Throughout small groups, it’s so important to be having mathematical conversations with your students to check for their understanding. I keep a set of math comprehension stems on the bottom of my basket so that I always have meaningful questions at my fingertips.
Just because a student can solve a problem once does not mean that they fully understand the concept. It’s so important during your small groups that you really take the time to dig deep into their understanding. Don’t be afraid to ask them the higher order thinking questions to create that rigor during your math block.
One thing I love about these math comprehension question stems is that they are compatible with any lesson. These resource cards contain over 100 comprehension questions that can be used to enhance discussion during your math block. Based on what you are teaching, you can also switch out your supplies inside of your basket with different items anytime you may need them.
Labeling everything is necessary to keep yourself organized. If you love this guided math basket label and want one for yourself, head over to my free resource library to sign up to grab it! It’s the perfect addition to create your own guided math basket!
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