What to do instead of Math Rotations

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What do do instead of math rotations - small groups and one-on-one conferences planning sheets and lesson plan templatesIt’s important to remember that your math groups should have no more than 6 students. But what if you have 30 students? Would a math workshop model still work?

The answer is yes. It might look a little different, and that’s okay.

A simple rotation of 3 groups might not be the best option for a larger class size, but here’s another option to consider.

Below is one way you can organize your math block. I’ve broken it down into 3 parts.

PART ONE

  • Mini-Lesson (5 min)
  • Break into STUDENT groups/teams (10 min)
  • Discuss (10 min)

During part one, the focus is on group work and discussion. You introduce the lesson with a word problem. Students are then given their own word problem to solve in their student groups or teams. After the timer rings, students must be ready to share with the class.

PART TWO

  • Mini-Lesson (5 min)
  • Math Group or Station (15 min)
  • Discuss (5 min)

During part two, you again use a word problem to continue the focus of the lesson. After the mini-lesson, you choose 6 students to meet with. The rest of the class will complete a math sort (or another math center of your choice.) The key is that everyone must do the same activity for this station only. After 15 minutes have passed, you choose students to share with the class how they completed their math center.

PART THREE

  • Mini-Lesson as needed (5 min)
  • Math Group or Station (15 min)
  • Discuss (5 min)

Complete a mini-lesson as needed. You once again choose 6 students to meet with. This time, students will work on the computer for math stations. I realize this is a lot computers and would only work if you are a 1 to 1 classroom.

Below are interactive math slides students can complete during computer time.

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Daily Lesson Plan Template

The only way this is going to work is if you take the time to break apart your math block into these three parts. I’ve typed up the following lesson plan template to help you stay organized.

Conferences for the Month

I created the following printables to help you keep track of which students you meet with. You can use this to make sure you don’t overlook students who need enrichment.

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