There are 4 choices my kids can pick from:
Math by Myself
These are independent math activities, that usually have manipulatives. Sometimes there is a recording page, sometimes not. I like to use activities that kids can go back to more than once.
Math with Someone
These are math partner activities/games. I limit this choice to only 6 kids per round, so I have even pairs.
Math Notebooks: My kids have a math notebook in which they work on an interactive math activity independently.
Question of the Day: My kids can choose to do Question of the Day and answer questions about the data, and then glue in their math notebook
I pick kids for this each round and they work on the ipad. I have also done where 2 kids come up and play a game on the smartboard, but I have found that distracting for the others.
The I charts for each are created with the same criteria as Daily 5 Literacy. They are created with the students and then I put up these ones after. The index cards underneath are the different activities kids can choose from.
My math block is usually 60-75 minutes. I find an hour too short to run a mini lesson and 2 rounds of math. If I only have an hour on some days…we might only get to 1 round.
12:35 Kids come in and pick their choices for 2 rounds. (5 minutes)
12:40 Whole Group Mini Lesson (15-20 minutes)
Teach a new concept, re-teach a concept, extended practice
1:00 Round 1 (15 minutes)
I call kids out for their choices, they grab their materials and get started. I pull kids to my blue table for a small group.
1:15 Energizer and Check In (5-10 minutes)
We do a quick brain break and I go over any thing I noticed from the first round or reiterate something.
1:25 Round 2 (15 minutes)
Again, I call kids out for their choices, they grab their materials and get started. I pull kids to my blue table for a small group.
1:40 Share and Check In
Come back together to share any math findings.
Where my kids get their activities from
Each bin has a different activity in it. So I go to Math by Myself….I have 3 activities to choose from. In the bin there are 3 copies of each activity. So for Power Towers, 3 kids can go to that activity during 1 round.
This is my choice board. It is the same board I use for Daily 5 literacy, I just switch out the velcro choice cards.
Hope this gives you an idea to get you started!