Until I starting using the Daily 5 structure for my math time about two weeks, my math block went a little like this...I would teach a WHOLE GROUP LESSON or activity for about 20-25 minutes. Then students would all complete the same worksheet or activity at the same time and when they were finished they would go to either me or my assistant and have their work checked. If they needed to correct any, they would go do so. If they got them all correct, they would go do an early finisher activity that was not necessarily related to the concept being practiced at the moment. If you're not cringing yet, let me give you a visual. I would sit at my horseshoe table and have 17 kids lined up, wrapped around, leaning on my table, chatting with the person in line behind them while I tried to work with the one kid who needs my undivided attention so they can just understand how to do a math problem. Got it? Okay, now you see why my math time HAD TO CHANGE.
I had previously heard a little about Daily 5 Math from reading on the Sisters' Daily Cafe website, as well as on a few blogs here and there. However, just like getting rid of my desk, when I set my mind to something.. I am going to do it right then and there's no stopping me. There was no time for stamina building, no time for training to play games... we just had to get down to business. After all, my kids deserve a solid math block where they are receiving the most engaging and relevant instruction that I can provide. Don't all kids? So what do I do, but jump in head first to Daily 5 Math.. and I'm not looking back.
There is no book about Daily 5 math (yet -- but I hope there will be one soon) and there is not much out there resource-wise for how this looks. However, it is easy to convert your math time into this structure with a little bit of planning and organization. So here's a little about what this looks like in my classroom. To read about another way to set up your math block for Daily 5 Math, check out my teaching bestie's blog, Teaching Miss Lackey. She is a 3rd grade teacher who just recently starting using Daily 5 Math. We took the plunge together and even though some of our ideas are the same, we have adapted it to our own classrooms to create what works for our sweet kiddos!
I use the schedule above most days, unless I am introducing a brand new unit. In that case, I would take one day to teach a whole class lesson and have everyone practice independently. I like to make sure students have a basic understanding of the concept before turning them loose to practice it.
For the rotations, students are engaged in math activities very similar to the Daily 5 Reading in language..The variety of math activities has kept my students engaged and excited about math time and it has kept me sane.. it's a win/win situation!
I made a Smartboard file because we already use a pocket chart for Daily 5 Literacy (and quite honestly, wall space is just hard to come by in my room these days). I allow my students to make their own choices for literacy rotations, but for math I decided to start out making their choices for them! With only two rotations and flexible math groups I needed to have a little more "teacher control" over what my kiddos were doing during the rest of our math time. So each morning (or during my planning time), I quickly put in their rotations for the day. Within the week, each student will complete math by myself every day and math technology, writing about math and math with someone once. Here's a snapshot of the Smartboard that I put up each day during math.
Materials are organized each week for easy student access..
*I forgot to get my Math with Someone (partner math) in the picture.. However, these activities have found a home in the 3rd drawer in the clear plastic drawer set. I keep them in gallon Ziploc bags and kids just grab 'em and go!
Daily 5 Math Rotations in action...
Math by Myself is not pictured.. However, this is the time I use for all students to practice the same skill. If you use a textbook or math program, this is the time you would insert your worksheet for students to get some written practice in!
Math Technology can be on the computer or the Ipads. Students play math games that practice the skill we are working on. I have games linked to my classroom webpage for students to access. Technology Rocks has the BEST resources for math games!
My students love Math with Someone, of course. I generally have them play a game to practice the concept we are learning.. something hands on that doesn't require them to record any information!
This is my weakest area as I need to come up with more math journaling prompts that require my students to give me answers of substance.. not one word. Working on this... any and all TpT product suggestions are appreciated! I'm thinking Common Core with this one...
Math groups are my favorite part of Daily 5 Math. My assistant and I get to work with students in small groups that meet their individual needs. My math groups change from day to day/ After checking their daily work and homework, I place them in small groups.. I generally have one or two groups of students who need help with specific things, as well as a one group of students that are getting enrichment on the whole class concept being taught.Because I have flexible, fluid groups that change almost daily, students are able to receive instruction that is targeted exactly toward their area of need. I do have an "enrichment" math group that I changes with each new math unit to challenge my high flyers.
Grab the FREEBIE below to help you plan and organize Daily 5 Math in your classroom! I use it as a quick sketch of what my week looks like for math time! It helps keep me on track and is a good overview of all the activities students will complete within the week. Click on the pictures below to download the freebies!
Any other Daily 5 Math teachers out there? I would love to hear about what it looks like in your classroom!