Whole Group- I begin each lesson with whole group instruction. Usually this consists of some type of spiral review of previous learned material. I use my Daily Math Journals for this time. (see below for more information) This usually takes about 10 minutes of our daily math block time.
Hands-on- Next, I move into math stations. The stations are also previous material that students should already be familiar with. As students are working in small groups (2-3 students), I am meeting with students at my table. I usually use this time to assess students on counting, number identification, missing number, greater number or any other assessment that I feel is necessary. Students stay at their station for about 15 minutes.
At Your Seat- Then, students return to the rug so that I can teach the "skill" or "lesson" for the day. This is usually new material according to the standards on our curriculum map. Students return to their seat to complete "seat work". I typically do not like seat work; however, in math it is necessary for student mastery. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes depending on the skill.
Meeting- Finally, I have found without this piece students often have no idea what happened in math. :) Students meet on the rug for a quick math meeting. I ask students what they learned in their stations. I encourage the children to use "I can" statements when they are sharing. Students pair up with a buddy to share important vocabulary that they heard. We create a list on chart paper and draw illustrations with each word. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes.
I mentioned above that I use Daily Math Journals to teach spiral review. I finally decided to create my own to match Common Core standards. I wanted it to be a quick review with skills that students were familiar with.
I have been using these journals since August with my kindergarten students. Each page includes the Common Core standard in the top right-hand corner, two pages on a sheet for easy stapling, the page number and easy to read directions.
Each month is "themed". For example, May Daily Math Journal is ocean-themed. See below for an example.
If you are interested in the entire BUNDLE... just leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one winner by the end of the week. Tell me what you feel is the most important component on your math block. What do you use to teach spiral review in your classroom? This is a $20 value. Be sure to include your email address so that I can email you the bundle.