to part 4 of my guided math series. Today I’m going to share some of my must
have materials needed to implement guided math successfully in your classroom.
You can check out the first three parts of this series by clicking on the links
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setting up tour classroom, you want to have a designated space where all of
your math stations materials can be accessed easily. All of my manipulatives
and tools are stored in clear tubs so that my students can easily see what is
inside. Make sure that station baskets are labeled along with different
manipulatives so that materials do not get mixed up.
is what my area looks like. I got these baskets from the dollar store years ago
and they’ve held up well over the years. You can also use Sterlite drawers or
plastic baskets to hold center supplies and activities.
This is my math station area. Is everything perfectly labeled? No, but it is organized and it works for me. The pink and purple baskets you see on the middle shelf hold dice cups, money cups, and dry erase markers. The small container you see on the right side of that shelf holds Target mini erasers. I got it at Michaels. The Sterilite containers on the bottom shelf hold all of my monthly math stations. The colored drawer cart to the right holds all of my stations that I have by concept.
also want your rotation board on display where students can easily see where
they are going. If you don’t have wall space for a large display, you can also
use a digital rotation board. I like to display this one with the names of each
activity for each group. It is EDITABLE so you could easily change the text to
show students names or station directions.
rotation board includes three different group types:
can easily customize it to meet the needs of your classroom.
lets talk about some basic supplies that I use daily to run math stations
smoothly. Click on the link to purchase.
recording sheets, save some paper and run off a few copies and slide them into
these sleeves. Students can write their answer with a dry erase marker. If
you’re wanting to hold students accountable for their learning, they can do one
of the following:
bring their sleeve up to you for a quick check.
take a photo using a smart device of their work for you to check later
take a photo and upload it to SeeSaw (an online student portfolio that makes
student/teacher communication easy and fun). This allows you to leave comments
on student work.
and let them use them.
activity. No more paperclip mess!
differentiate activities. The best part is that you can get 200 random
assortment of different types of dice to use all year long.
write on them with a dry erase marker and it will easily come off.
frames. My students use these a lot throughout the year. You can grab them
here for FREE!
also be expensive. I printed them onto cardstock and laminated them so they can
also be used with a dry erase maker. Grab them here for FREE!
keep several sets on hand to use with games and creating numbers.
recently purchased these large playing cards and my students are obsessed with
them. They are perfect for whole group lessons. You can grab them here.
activities and are great game pieces too.
of my other basic manipulatives include:
your school already provides you with most of these supplies. I know that
purchasing materials on your own can add up quickly. I try to get a few little
things at a time and then I hoard them like crazy!
hope this post gave you a good place to start as far as gathering supplies
needed to get you started. Do you need everything featured in this post to run
guided math successfully? Absolutely not. Do what you can with what you have.
You can also find tons of printable manipulatives for free online.
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