Our daily math routine has changed...and we couldn't be happier! Last week, Ms. DiFulco and I began Math Daily 5. Math Daily 5 is a curriculum framework developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.
We begin with a 15 minute mini-lesson on a new skill. The students then break into groups and visit one of the 5 centers. The centers include:
Math by Myself: Practice skill using manipluatives or paper
Partner Math: Practice skill with a partner using a game
Math Reading/ Writing: Practice skill through the use of content-based literature and responding through writing
Math Technology: Practice skill using various games or tutorials found on my blog
Math with IWB: Practice skill using game on Promethean board
While the students are actively engaged in their activity, we individually check student's understanding by going over homework. This is working beautifully because we can quickly identify those students that are having difficulty with the skill and reteach. Centers last 30 minutes and we are hoping to include another rotation once the students have built stamina.
After centers, we come back together and students answer 3 to 5 short questions. The questions are used to further gauge understanding. That day's lesson is then reviewed.
So, stay tuned because pictures will be posted soon!