This is a chart that I used with my third graders this year to help structure the down time that comes with small group math instruction. It never fails that as soon as you get your small group going, somebody goes crazy or says "I don't know what I'm supposed to do!" It drives us all batty!
I have used various clip art symbols to help structure my student routines; these can be easily switched out. The groups can be switched as well. Simply insert or delete rows as needed. You can also change the groupings to suite the needs of your class. I had mine grouped by the skill that they needed the most help with. But you can always group them on level/ability. Simply rename the groups and switch the student's names!
Yes, kiddos as young as third graders can easily follow this chart. Simply project the chart on your interactive white board and the small group time structures itself. You do have to take the time at the beginning of school to really teach them how to use the chart and what to do when and where. It has been a lifesaver! Well worth the sanity they will save you!