Math Workshop: Grades 34
Calendar Math: (can be done at the beginning of the day or can be included in the math block) (15 minutes)
To review essential skills, such as place value, estimation, time, measurement, skip counting, etc.
(Resource: Every Day Counts; Gillespie, Kanter. This is a full program that some schools purchase, but we are simply using the teacher guide and the existing manipulatives at our school site.)
Problem of the Day:
(1015 minutes. The same problem type will be given for several days in a row in order to build proficiency and confidence. As the year progresses, the problem types will be varied.)
Possible problem types include:

Math matrix (Students are given four numbers and are asked to find the one that is different. They must be able to explain why their choice is different from the others. The same number can be given as the one that is different, as long as the child can give a different justification for their answer.)

True/false statements (i.e., 258=50+8+100+100 True or false? Show how you know.)

Word problems

Mystery numbers (I have three digits, I am odd, the sum of my digits is 11, and the product of my digits is 21. What am I? Answer: 371 or 173 or 731.)

Skip counting pattern search, etc.
Workshop:
(30 minutes to an hour)
Possible schedules:
MondayProblem of the Day is modeled with teacher thinkaloud and done as a whole
group
Whole group lesson that teaches the skill of the week
TuesdayConferencing with 35 students about strategies for solving the Problem of the
Day
Whole group mini lesson (reviews what was learned the previous day)
Small group instructiongroup 1
Other children take part in activities that allow opportunities for independent
practice of the skill taught that week, such as computer games, math games,
math/literacy opportunities (i.e., Greg Tang books, or math poetry), or fact
fluency.
WednesdayConferencing with 35 students about strategies for solving the Problem of
the Day
Small group instructiongroup 2 and 3
Other children take part in activities that allow opportunities for independent
practice of the skill taught that week, such as computer games, math games,
math/literacy opportunities (i.e., Greg Tang books, or math poetry), or fact
fluency.
ThursdayConferencing with 35 students about strategies for solving the Problem of
the Day
Small group instructiongroup 4 and 5
Other children take part in activities that allow opportunities for independent
practice of the skill taught that week, such as computer games, math games,
math/literacy opportunities (i.e., Greg Tang books, or math poetry), or fact
fluency.
Fridayâ€” Conferencing with 35 students about strategies for solving the Problem of
the Day
Finish activities from the week
Math Huddle students share and discuss problem solving strategies
Reflection journal: what skill, strategy, or standard they learned in math this
week
Assessment
