As teachers move toward a Guided Math structure for teaching math, they quickly understand how important it is to establish routines and build a climate of learning in the early days of the school year. You don’t just start doing Guided Math on Day 1 or 2, especially with our youngest learners. They need time to learn and practice the expectations and procedures before they can successfully work independently, allowing the teacher to teach in small groups.
This little activity is an example that Kindergarten might use to introduce workstations. It combines number recognition and graphing. There are three versions—numerals, pictorial representation, and word form. Notice that it requires very few materials and the directions are quite simple. While they’re still practicing a math skill—number recognition—they are really practicing how to be productive when working on a math workstation.
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