At St. Brigid School, we use McGraw-Hill math. I have organized my math program much like my guided reading program. Our math block lasts for 60 to 75 minutes each day. Students work in small groups and move through three centers each day. All of the centers are differentiated to meet the needs of each student.
Lesson of the Day
The lesson of the day is small group instruction to deliver the Common Core State Standards curriculum as it is taught through our McGraw-Hill math program. The topics of instruction include:
- Addition and Subtraction Concepts and Strategies
- Place Value
- Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction
- Fractions/ Equal Shares
- Organizing and Using Graphs
- 2-D and 3-D Shapes
Problem of the Day
This center is led by our first grade paraprofessional and includes many different opportunities to use the skills students are learning in their guided math lessons. Students make graphs, play math games, create & solve story problems,, practice real world problem-solving, and practice the 8 mathematical practices required in the CCSS.
Below is an example of a weather graph students may create during this center; click on images to enlarge them.
The basic facts center includes independent practice in the form of games, practice pages, and computer time. Two or three times a week this center may include partner or group games and activities which provide practice in the basic addition facts.
Special Math Projects
Over the course of the year, we integrate several special math projects which include data gathering and analysis. Each day we are counting the days of school which will lead us to our special 100th day of school project.