This template helps organize whole group, guided group, and work station/center activities for a math workshop lesson. Here are some explanations/tips for using the template as you plan a lesson. The whole group warm-up/energizer is an opportunity to get your students' brains activated and ready to learn. Use this spot to plan a quick mental number game or get up and move while practicing some skip counting, etc. Use the "Problem of the Day" spot to plan a review problem for continued skill practice. After a whole group start to the lesson, break students into guided groups for scaffolded practice. The "Big Idea" is where you plan out what you want your students to understand after your lesson. For example, if your lesson was on solving word problems one big idea may be "good mathematicians show their work." This template provides space to plan group activities for 4 ability levels (novice, apprentice, practitioner, and expert). Base student placement on a recent pre-assessment to determine a just right level of practice. For each group, decide and fill in student names, activities, and materials. Under the "Introduction" fill in the focus (purpose to be communicated to group), math vocabulary/terms to review with students, a model or example problem to start with, and real-life connections to make with students. During the lesson or work period you want to plan out questions to ask students to check for understanding and make observations/anecdotal notes as you listen to students work. The last part of the guided group plan is the "Debrief" or after the lesson. This is where you would plan a share period; a time to ask focus questions to check for understandings and review key points from the lesson. There is also a space to plan out leveled center activities for students to complete with a small group, partner, or independently while you are meeting with guided groups. Center work could be review games/practice activities or a game introduced during the guided group time that day.