Sunday, February 17, 2013

100 Follower Freebie!

My TpT store reached 100 followers, hooray!!  I know this is a tiny, tiny fraction of what some of you amazing teachers have accomplished, but it is exciting news to me!  I'm happy to share a freebie to celebrate!
Our math curriculum includes a daily Math Meeting.  We go through the 10 or so pages of math review on our SmartBoard.  I love that it gives us constant practice with important math skills, but it's inevitable that by mid-year, the meeting becomes a little too routine for the kids, and they start to get super wiggly on the carpet.  I've seen fellow teachers create worksheets for their students to follow along and complete during the meeting, but it seems to me that, if done everyday, that too would eventually become unmotivating (and make for lots of grading papers on my part...)
So, my solution: Just one table of kids are Math Meeting Reporters each day.  That group of 4-5 students grab a clipboard and a chair and sit behind those on the carpet to complete their "reports" as we do each part of Math Meeting.  This works great for me for several reasons...
*Each kids only reports once or so per week, so it doesn't become a boring task.  They are always excited when they find out it's their turn!
*It's a quick, informal assessment, and better yet, I only have a handful of papers to grade after meeting, instead of 22!
*There are less kids sitting on the carpet, so they are less wiggly!
My pages are aligned to the first grade Common Core Standards in math, and I add pages of more difficult math skills as the year progresses.  Click the picture below to download my reporter pages for free!  I hope your kiddos love them as much as mine do!
P.S.  If you would like small edits made to these pages to fit your specific needs, I'd be happy to do that! Just leave me a comment! :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking about doing something similar with my third graders. I like the idea of kids having a chance to report once a week, but when you say they "complete their "reports" as we do each part of Math Meeting" I'm envisioning that they are following along and recording answers provided by the group. If that is the case, then the informal assessment is "I can pay attention and record answers given by others." I really like your idea, I'm just not sure what math meeting actually looks like.