Teaching your students how to round two-digit numbers to the nearest ten can be challenging. For some students, they either get it, or they don't. I created these rounding dice (and corresponding rounding chart) to help students who need more of a visual. This hands-on approach can also help your tactile learners!
A Hands-On Way to Learn How to Round to the Nearest Ten

You're probably here because you are thinking of giving Guided Math a try in your classroom. You probably are looking for a way to better reach your students so you can meet them at their level. You are in the right place. There are so many benefits to small group instruction. Today I am going to break down Guided Math for you, in a way that actually makes sense!

First of all, know that Guided Math can work in your classroom. Don't be intimidated. Your groups can be streamlined, but still flexible. You can even do this without another adult in your classroom.

In this blog post:
  • I'll explain to you how I make Guided Math work in my classroom
  • You can download a free sample for your grade level (make sure you don't miss the links at the end of this post!)
Want to run successful Guided Math groups? Learn how having a flexible approach can help you be organized as you teach Guided Math this year.

You know small group instruction is the best way to support your students. But maybe it's just not working in your classroom. Many teachers are ready to move away from "set" groups during Guided Math but aren't sure what the alternative is. The traditional set groups require students to stay with a group of classmates while they rotate between various tables or activities throughout the room, including the teacher table. However, this traditional set up can lead to a lot of frustration and really makes things complicated when you are trying to adjust your groups for each topic you teach

First Grade NGSS Unit covering plants, animals, offspring, and biomimicry.
Scroll down to take a look at some of what is included in this 110 page Structure, Function, and Information Processing unit. This unit aligns to NGSS* 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, and 1-LS1-2.
Here is the table of contents. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
   

 Structure, Function, and Information Processing

Here's a tiny bit of what's included.
  This unit focuses on plant and animal structures, biomimicry, parents and offspring, and patterns of behavior.

Photo Posters are included to support learning.
 There are also learning mini books throughout the unit, as well as interactive notebook activities. The unit also includes some non-fiction mini books , and plenty of hands on science activities!
  This was just a preview! For a FULL list of resources included in this 110 page Structure, Function, and Information Processing unit, please see the table of contents or check out the 25 page preview by following the link to my TpT store!
First Grade NGSS Unit covering plants, animals, offspring, and biomimicry.
*NGSS and Next Generation Science Standards are a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
If you are lucky enough to have the space for it, a Guided Math board can be a great addition to your classroom. The board in my picture is 4 feet by 3 feet. However, you can still make a Guided Math board if you have a smaller space! Here are a few ways you can use the board.

Vocabulary

You can hang a small pocket chart on your bulletin board and use it to organize vocabulary terms. I really like to always keep vocabulary in a small pocket chart because this allows me to take the cards down and use them during my lesson. I also can use it as an instructional tool by having students match the terms and definitions. This black pocket chart came from the Target Dollar Spot during back to school time. One thing I really like about it is the black pocket at the bottom. I am able to keep extra cards in there without having them show through like they would with a clear pocket.

Must Do/May Do Activities

If you are implementing Flexible Guided Math in your classroom (learn more here), then this is another place you can display your must do/ may do activities. If you change them often, simply put a bit of washi tape on the back of cards so you can easily switch them out. (Side note--everything on my board was put up with washi tape, except for the black background and pocket chart which I stapled. It is strong enough to hold everything up and makes it easy to switch things!)

Guided Math Posters

If you use my Guided Math units you can print off the vocabulary and posters for the unit and display them on your Guided Math board. Tip-don't display terms or posters that you haven't taught yet. Just add them to the board as you teach them.  You can also display anchor charts that you have created with your class!

Problem of the Day or Sample Problem 

You can also use a space to show example problems or even display a problem of the day. If you are in a testing grade, you can also print off test prep questions to put there. If you use my Guided Math units, you can display the questioning cards from the unit.

How do you use your Guided Math board in your classroom?

Looking for Guided Math Resources? These units have everything you need!

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As a teacher, you know what is best for your students. You know no curriculum is perfect, and sometimes, the one that is provided to you by your district doesn't work for your class. Supplementing this curriculum with Guided Math can help your students achieve more and can build a strong foundation for math skills. However, as a teacher, it can be hard to find ways to "fit it all in" in the time you are allotted for math.

 First Grade Waves: Light and Sound Unit covering NGSS standards 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, and 1-PS4-4. Vocabulary, activities, and more to help you teach these standards. Learn about sound as vibrations, light as illumination, how light behaves, and communicating with light and sound.

Scroll down to take a look at some of what is included in this 140 page Waves: Light and Sound unit. This unit aligns to NGSS* 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, and 1-PS4-4.
 
Here is the table of contents. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.
  

Waves: Light and Sound

Here's a tiny bit of what's included.


 This unit focuses on sound as vibrations, light as illumination, how light behaves, and communicating with light and sound.

Photo posters are included for each topic to visually support learning.

 There are also learning mini books throughout the unit, as well as interactive notebook activities. The unit also includes some non-fiction mini books , and plenty of hands on science activities!


This was just a preview! For a FULL list of resources included in this 140 page Waves: Light and Sound unit, please see the table of contents or check out the 28 page preview by following the link to my TpT store!
 First Grade Waves: Light and Sound Unit covering NGSS standards 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3, and 1-PS4-4. Vocabulary, activities, and more to help you teach these standards. Learn about sound as vibrations, light as illumination, how light behaves, and communicating with light and sound.
*NGSS and Next Generation Science Standards are a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

In the era of end of grade testing, so much focus is placed on math and reading. Daily schedules are usually built around these two subjects. Sometimes this leaves very little time for other important areas, such as science, social studies, and writing. In one of my previous (school mandated) daily schedules, I was allotted 20 minutes for science per day. Since my science block was at the very end of the day, some days I was able to stretch this to 25 or nearly 30 minutes by shaving some time off of dismissal procedures.
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