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Many schools have now hit Common Core hard! Through my Common Core Math Trainings, I have learned that Common Core math holds much emphasis on math vocabulary and writing to explain one’s thoughts. I thought it was necessary and imperative to create a quick center that allows students to practice these skills.
How to Implement
I love implementing Guided Math into my Math Block! However the key to success with Guided Math, is to provide fun content-related centers for the other students who are not meeting with me that day. These centers focus on multiplication and division and require students to explain their thinking based on the math prompt. Although these are intended for math centers, you may also want to use them for your Guided Math groups. I like to use them in my “Write About Math” Center. Students will get a chance to write about math 2-3 times per week (depending on my math center rotation schedule). This is ideal because it gets students thinking about their thinking on a more consistent basis! I have tried to create an easy set-up. All you need to do is print and cut. No need to laminate— as students will be recording their thoughts directly onto each card. I have my students use a math folder to keep all of their math center contents in until the end of the week when I collect the material. Depending on how many times per week you want your students writing about math, will determine how many prompts you want to have available each week for your students. My rotation schedule allows for 2-3 writing cards per week. I store them pre-cut and in a small basket in my math station location! As the year progresses, I will be creating more for additional units! Enjoy!