Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade

Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Gradeplay
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
Guided Math Workshop Lesson Plans for First Grade
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Do you feel lost planning math each week? Do you feel like you have some good pieces or parts of your math instruction, but you can't seem to fit them all in or make them all work together? Guided math workshop is for you!

Want to try this curriculum for FREE first? The FREEBIE includes the first 10 days of lesson plans for Guided Math Workshop, plus a few printables to get you started. It will give you an idea of what this curriculum is like before purchasing the entire curriculum.


Many teachers and districts are wanting more problem solving in the primary classrooms. But they also understand the gaps in math instruction when math story problems are 100% of the instruction. Guided Math is a balanced curriculum that addresses both of these needs.


Guided math workshop is a comprehensive curriculum I've developed for first grade to balance math instruction. It incorporates all of the Cognitively Guided Math principles I've used in 1st grade for years, plus many of the hands on games and skill activities that are also beneficial for primary students and problem solving heavy curriculums lack.

Find more detailed information on the whats and whys plus the weekly schedule and routine in the preview! I have also included a list of materials and manipulatives needed with links in the preview download! Plus, read more about GMW on the blog!

I have also added a comprehensive Guided Math Workshop Bundle that includes all of the resources currently in my store that are used in this curriculum. It is a one stop shop for your math curriculum in first grade!


• Year at a glance overview with the big idea for each of the 36 weeks (included in preview)

• The first 10 days (2 weeks) lesson plans to launch guided math workshop

• Weekly lesson plans for weeks 3-36 (each week is on one page)

• Number Choice progressions chart for addition and subtraction (an explanation of how to choose the right numbers to build base 10 understanding)

• Explanation of problem types

• Problem Solving Strategy Progression Charts for Addition, Subtraction, Comparing, Multiplication and Division

• Detailed narrative of the routines for Meet With Me time for each level of groups

• TONS of narrative explanations walking you through getting started, assessing and forming small groups, creating and editing the rotation boards, what materials you may also want to use, and much more!

• A list of trade books and manipulatives/resources used in the curriculum with links


Materials that ARE found separately in my store are not included in the plans, but are linked in the plans and included in the bundle. Materials that are NOT found separately in my store are included with the plans. Some are printables and some are digital resources...

• Numbers Around Me writing page

• Sets writing page

• One More/One Less game sheet (3 versions)

• On and Off game sheet (3 versions)

• Roll it! Build it! Break it! game sheet (2 versions)

• Measuring Mystery (2 - height and length)

• Guess My Shape Rule game sheet

• How Many to 10 Cards

• How Many to 20 Cards

• Find the Ten game sheet (2 versions)

• Counters in a Cup game sheet

• 3D Shape Cards

• Blocks in Socks game sheet

• Ways to Make a number printable & example

• Race to 100 game sheet

• Race to 0 game sheet

• Measure Me activity sheet

• Ways to Say Half Hour anchor chart

• Efficient Strategies anchor chart

• Roll and Record game sheet (tallies, vertical bar, horizontal bar)

• Fact Families Card game sheet

• Add It Up By Tens card game sheet

• 2D Shape pictures activity sheet (6 versions)

• Tangrams activity page

• Fill a Shape 2 Ways activity shape (8 versions)

• Build a Graph materials and recording sheet


Some weekly plans include digital slideshows (pdf files) or interactive powerpoint files. Both can be used on your interactive whiteboard. Please make sure you can use pdf files and powerpoints on your whiteboard before purchasing.

• Rotation Board pdf files (2 different layout options) on your interactive board or print poster size

• Digital EDITABLE Rotation Board Slide Show: This is a timed slideshow. Just click to start and every 15 minutes, it will play chimes to cue students to move automatically and show the next rotation. Plus, you can edit almost everything on this powerpoint file. (Watch the video preview to see this in action!)

• How We Go Home interactive powerpoint graph

• Numbers Around Me pdf slideshow

• 3D Faces Math Talk pdf slideshow

• Finding Bingo digital book (pdf file)

• Add Fluently EDITABLE powerpoint (timed math facts)

• Subtract Fluently EDITABLE powerpoint (timed math facts)

• Clock Math Talk pdf slideshow

• Composing Tens and Ones pdf slideshow

• Shape Pictures interactive powerpoint

• Cupcake Crisis pdf slideshow

• Decomposing Pattern Blocks interactive powerpoint

• Story Problem Equations (review) pdf slideshow


• Material lists

• Before lesson prep notes

• Mini-lessons or warm-ups

• Story problem launching scripts

• Story problem share time guiding questions

• Whole group lessons

• Anchor chart ideas and plans

• Standards list (SMPs and Common Core Tags)

• Math Talks listed with guiding questions

• Hands-on activity plans and material lists

• Counting Collections plans and focuses

• M.A.T.H (Meet with me, At my seat, Tech, Hands on) plans for each week

• Some digital and print materials that cannot be found in any other resource in my store


These plans do not include most of the materials needed. This is because many of the materials needed are already available separately in my store. You can find a list and links in the preview download. Any materials listed in the lesson plans that are not available in another resource in my store ARE included with these plans.

These suggested resources are not required to do this curriculum. You can write your own story problems, draw your own math talks based on the ones I give you, and use your own game handouts or materials. But the links to the materials are in the preview and listed below if you prefer to have them ready-made!

Formal assessments are not included in this plans resource. The link to my quarterly math assessments is below.


Standards for Math Practices Anchor Charts

Math Mysteries

Quarterly Math Assessments

Copyright Whitney Shaddock, 2019, licensed for one classroom use only. Please use the multiple licensing option for more than one classroom use!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning. Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts. Upper elementary students might notice when dividing 25 by 11 that they are repeating the same calculations over and over again, and conclude they have a repeating decimal. By paying attention to the calculation of slope as they repeatedly check whether points are on the line through (1, 2) with slope 3, middle school students might abstract the equation (𝑦 – 2)/(𝑥 – 1) = 3. Noticing the regularity in the way terms cancel when expanding (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥 + 1), (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥² + 𝑥 + 1), and (𝑥 – 1)(𝑥³ + 𝑥² + 𝑥 + 1) might lead them to the general formula for the sum of a geometric series. As they work to solve a problem, mathematically proficient students maintain oversight of the process, while attending to the details. They continually evaluate the reasonableness of their intermediate results.
Look for and make use of structure. Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure. Young students, for example, might notice that three and seven more is the same amount as seven and three more, or they may sort a collection of shapes according to how many sides the shapes have. Later, students will see 7 × 8 equals the well remembered 7 × 5 + 7 × 3, in preparation for learning about the distributive property. In the expression 𝑥² + 9𝑥 + 14, older students can see the 14 as 2 × 7 and the 9 as 2 + 7. They recognize the significance of an existing line in a geometric figure and can use the strategy of drawing an auxiliary line for solving problems. They also can step back for an overview and shift perspective. They can see complicated things, such as some algebraic expressions, as single objects or as being composed of several objects. For example, they can see 5 – 3(𝑥 – 𝑦)² as 5 minus a positive number times a square and use that to realize that its value cannot be more than 5 for any real numbers 𝑥 and 𝑦.
Attend to precision. Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others. They try to use clear definitions in discussion with others and in their own reasoning. They state the meaning of the symbols they choose, including using the equal sign consistently and appropriately. They are careful about specifying units of measure, and labeling axes to clarify the correspondence with quantities in a problem. They calculate accurately and efficiently, express numerical answers with a degree of precision appropriate for the problem context. In the elementary grades, students give carefully formulated explanations to each other. By the time they reach high school they have learned to examine claims and make explicit use of definitions.
Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
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