This form is used by students to keep track of their Math Workshop activities. Teachers can provide lists of acceptable, appropriate activities from which students select within each category.
Vocabulary/Journal Review: Students clean up or clarify journal notes or practice math vocabulary flash cards.
Fact/Computation Practice: Use a variety of tools, both paper and online, to hone basic number operations.
Practice Pages: These are often the textbook worksheets or pages from the day's lesson.
Extension/Enrichment: More challenging, sometimes long term activities. Research on a math related topic is a great choice.
Partner Work: These activities include games and peer tutoring.
"Where's the Math?" Book Look: Students read math related texts from the class library and record new learning in their math journals. Students may also read trade books, with the specific goal of focusing on how math would be infused into the tale. For example, in a book a character might trip over a log while running from an animal. Students might record questions or thoughts about the weight and length of the log, the age of the tree from which the log came, the speed and size of the animal, the time the character takes to make it to safety, etc.
It is helpful to spend the first couple of weeks of school modeling the choices and your expectations for each activity. Students need to complete one full round before repeating an activity in the course of the week. (Prevents students from doing partner work every day at the expense of learning facts or honing computation skills.) Partner work should not be with the same classmate until most of the other classmates have been selected.
When working with individuals and groups, have the students bring this Form 4M and math journal with them so they can demonstrate learning on the back and you can jot notes or make individualized assignment directives on the front. Forms should be filed for parent-teacher conferences and data collection.
Collect the forms each day to briefly confirm your agreement with the work habit self-reflection, to track student progress, and to plan for the following day's workshop lessons/groups.