Are you interested in math centers, but don’t know what to do during your small group instruction time?
Perhaps you tried using your math textbook but found you wasted time deciding which problems to complete and which to skip?
I faced this exact problem. I only had 15 to 20 minutes with each small group. I needed a resource that was short, focused, and encouraged students to explain their thinking.
That is when I decided to create my own.
I wrote down everything I wanted.
- Standards aligned
- Learning goals listed
- Begins with a review
- Gradually increases in difficulty
- Encourages students to show their work
- Provides a space for students to explain their thinking
- Multiple practice pages per standard
- Not overwhelming
Making them into a booklet format was an amazing suggestion from a teacher friend! My students already were familiar with reading tri-folds, so math tri-folds just made sense.
My guided math tri-folds are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). They also cover all Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS).
The learning goals are listed, so you can quickly set a focus at the beginning of the small group lesson.
There are three booklets per standard, so you can show student growth.
A Closer Look
Each booklet is designed for student success. The questions gradually increase in difficulty and are presented in a variety of formats.
- Multiple Choice
- Written Response
- Part A/Part B
- Table Response
Quality over Quantity
It is so easy to get overwhelmed with everything you have to cover. When I started teaching, it was my goal to finish one math lesson a day. That seems like a simple goal, but when you have 18 students at different levels it’s almost an impossible task.
We did that math lesson, but did students truly understand the concepts or were they memorizing steps?
We need to slow down. It’s okay to spend 15 to 20 minutes on only a handful of questions.
Each math booklet consists of about 5-8 questions. Each booklet can take 1 to 2 day to complete depending on student level of understanding.
This is very different from 20+ questions a day from a regular math textbook lesson, but it works! The booklets get students drawing, writing, and explaining their thinking.
Download a FREE Sample
I currently have this resource available for grades 1-5. Click on the links below to try a 5 booklets for FREE!
- 5th Grade Free Sample
- 4th Grade Free Sample
- 3rd Grade Free Sample
- 2nd Grade Free Sample
- 1st Grade Free Sample
View the Bundles
You can view the complete bundles by clicking on each image.
What Teachers are Saying
These are PERFECT for what my admin is looking for!! I love that I can truly find what standard each student needs more help with and I can show GROWTH with the three different books for EACH STANDARD! I am one happy teacher!Halley D. (3rd grade tri-folds)
Oh my goodness, I have used these for everything: homework, quick little lesson “checks”, bell ringers! I love, love, love these! A little multiple choice, a little short answer, a little identifying, a little bit of “explain your thinking”–great format!!! Thank you so much for sharing!Melissa L. (4th grade tri-folds)
Wish I could give an A+ for practicality. This is so great for small groups, or short homework assignments, or remediation. Thank you, thank you!Teresa S (5th grade tri-folds)
These tri-folds are PERFECT when used with the gradual release model. We complete part of them together, complete the rest within guided practice, do another as independent practice, and then send a third home as homework! It’s phenomenal and a GREAT value!Sarah P (5th grade tri-folds)
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Would love this for 6th grade math. My county still considers 6th grade elementary
How do you use the learning goal writing space? Is this area intended for student or teacher response? I am just curious what your intent for the area is. Thanks so much!