Math Quick Checks and Guided Math Groups

The past few years I've been working on doing more of a guided reading approach but in math...AKA guided math. I want to pull groups back and provide small-group interventions and enrichment. I also wanted this process to be EASY for me and for my students. Because... I'm easy. ;)

Each Thursday I give my students a quick check assessment (see below) to check in and see where they are and how they are doing in that week's math instruction. I score the quick checks and put them into 4 groups.

You can download that freebie {here}!

THEN, I sort my students into mixed groups for math tubs (these are different than the leveled groups I made from the assessment).  Before the students go to their tub, I let them know who will come to my desk for a "game" with me (aka intervention). Those are the groups that I made from the data I collected with the math quick checks.  Each round of tubs lasts for about 12 minutes. It's more of a rotation!  Tub #1 then goes to Tub #2 and so on (the number of tubs is based on how much time we have and how many games I have). Each round I call a new group  of students over to my desk. I use this Target Dollar Spot pocket chart. 

 I place these tubs around the classroom (got them from Dollar Tree). Each game in the tub is a game we have already played and the students are familiar with. This makes it easy when we have Math Tubs- we get right into it! Obviously I have expectations for my students while they are at math tubs, but that's for a whole notha blog post! ;)

This is how I store my tubs and some of the manipulatives. 

This is how I store all of my math games when we are finished with them! I store them by standard and topic. 

Over the past few years my first grade team has really been wanting a common assessment that we can use as data in our classrooms and to discuss during our PLCs (Professional Learning Communities). I started making these over a year ago because I made them as I went. Right now I only have 1st grade done because that's what I teach and that's what I use. These are tested by kids and the teachers on my team! We love them because they are quick, efficient and give us the perfect amount of data. What do we do with that information? We plan our math intervention and enrichment groups like I talked about at the beginning of this post.

Can go with any math program!
I created 24 math quick checks aligned to the Common Core State Standards for 1st grade! These quick checks are perfect to check for understanding during your math units. They are quick, easy to follow, and can be used as evidence of learning.  You can use the scores from the quick checks to re-teach or move on!

Also included:
*Standard Alignment Sheets
*Assessment Tracker
*Math Group Organizer

Love the fonts I used? Me too!


Unknown said...

I love your With a partner or by myself labels on your bins! Do you happen to have this you could send me or point me in the right direction? I normally tell my children, I didn't think of labeling the bin on the outside. I love your ideas!

Becca Sadler said...

I love this idea of the math check on Thursday and then opportunities on Thursday and Friday to check misconceptions as well as boost those that might be bored already.

Thanks for including free access to your form!

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Unknown said...

Do you think you'd ever make the quick checks for 6th grade? I'm not as tech savvy to make awesome things like that!! I do want to learn! I just have to figure out what products I need! The quick checks are an awesome idea!!!

Texas Teacherella said...

This is great. Organization is so important in the classroom. I love that each math bin is differentiated. Thanks for sharing!

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