# Time to Decide: Three or Four Math Groups

Let’s take a look at different ways you can organize your math workshop block. The three versions below are just examples. You can always modify and come up with your own.

• Three Groups (start here)
• Four Groups (good for skill groups)
• Extra Choice (24+ students)

# THREE GROUPS

Below I will write about two ways that I organize my math groups. I find that I start with version one during the beginning of school. I then gradually move to version two.

## Version One

You teach the math lesson during whole group (students are at their desks). After the math lesson, students break into stations. (Teacher, Independent, Computer)

This is a great way to start, because math stations are short in this version. This makes it a perfect way to practice the routines of each math station. This is also a good choice if you have a math textbook you must use each day.

Notes: Whole group lessons lasts a maximum of 30 min. Each math rotation(3 per day) is no longer than 15 minutes.

## Version Two

After students understand the expectations of each math station, we move on to version 2. In this version, I teach the math lesson during teacher time. Each math rotation lasts 20-25 minutes.

This is my personal favorite. I get to know my students well and can teach each lesson according to their needs. Some students might be ready for mulit-step word problems, while others might need me to slow down and review the basics.

# FOUR GROUPS

I find that four groups is a great way to create standards/skills focused math groups. I tend to switch to 4 groups when we are in our test-prep mode. This lasts for about 2 weeks before the big state test.

However, if you have a larger class size (18+ students) this works well as a framework for your regular math workshop block.

## Let’s take a look:

You will NOT meet with every group if you decide on this version. For this reason, you should teach a whole-group lesson that is 20-30 minutes long.  Below is a look at how often you will meet with each small group.

Notes: Whole group lessons lasts a maximum of 30 min. Each math rotation (two per day) is  20 minutes.

# EXTRA

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### 6 thoughts on “Time to Decide: Three or Four Math Groups”

1. I have a couple of questions about your reading resources. On days with only 2 rotations, what does the 3rd group do? Are they the high group or do you change it up so you meet with them one day and 2 differnt groups on the next day?
When you say you do the short comprehension test on Thursdays is that the “selection test”? Thank you I teach 4th grade and we use Wonders, I like the way you’ve done your schedule! Can you share your close reading tri-fold sheet?

2. Thank you so much for this information

3. I teach grade 6 but find your materials really interesting. I am thinking of utilizing the extra.