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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tried It Tuesday {Math Meeting}

I am off to a great start on my first full week of school and back to teaching my favorite subject all day...Math!!
It's Time for Tried It Tuesday! 
What have you tried at school or home?
If you've never linked up with Tried It Tuesday, just link up any idea school or home related and what worked or didn't work. Simple! 
My Tried It:
Math Meeting
You may recall that my team departmentalized for the first time last year and I taught all the ELA. Since then, one of my teammates retired and the teacher who took her place (Emily from Style Closet to Classroom!) loves ELA, so I made the switch to my first love...Math! I already miss parts of ELA but if I had to choose between the two, math wins. Today I am only starting my fifth day of school, but I wanted to share with you how I am starting my three 80 minute math blocks everyday.
This summer I read a lot about the math meeting. We used to have a math meeting everyday with the Saxon program, but now we are using a combination of NYS modules and the Go Math series. I read a post by 4th Grade Frolics here that was inspiring and I love the thought of a quick math meeting everyday to get everyone started on something right away as the class filters in.
I wish I had whiteboard space but two of my walls have chalkboards and bulletin boards and there is not much room for anything else unless there was a whiteboard put over top of the chalkboard or bulletin board.
Here are a couple views of my room when I was getting ready for open house.

Anyway, this is what my math meeting looks like at this point. The categories are "Add It", "Subtract It", "Place Value", "Multiply It", and "Number of the Day".
There are many pieces to the math meeting that I will be switching out throughout the year. I bought the Pink, Turquoise, and Lime theme from 4th Grade Frolics. I love that I can control the type of problems that I think my students need the most practice on each day and start the class with those. It is so valuable to have that ability right at your fingertips without having to look for a worksheet or make one!
 For now, my students are recording their math meetings starting in the back of their math journals and working their way to the middle. Class notes and lesson practice are in the front of the journal. Here are some sample pages of what it looks like. The first day of school we did the math meeting together.
After the first day, students were instructed to get their math box from the bookcase immediately and begin working on the math meeting. They used the example from the first day as a reminder of how to set it up. They have about 5-10 minutes to work on it and then we go to the carpeted area to check out work. Students "star" the answers they get correct and we celebrate with a little cheer. I have students show a quick raise of hands if they answered correctly so I know what skills need worked on the most. Students correct their mistakes in their journals while we are going over the answers.
This is my bookcase with the math boxes for all three blocks but there are about six boxes on top of another shelf that wouldn't fit here. I have had to replace some book boxes with white ones if they were falling apart after last year. However, for the most part, these boxes are on their second year and some are on their third year!
 In each math box is a student composition book, Go Math consumable textbook, Go Math consumable student practice book, and pencil slider case with an extra pencil, eraser, and highlighters.
Do you do a math meeting during your math block? I would love to hear about it!


  1. I like the idea of a "meeting" - I think I could use that idea in my Learning Strategies class to review...

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  2. I love the idea of doing math meeting in a notebook. I do mine on white boards. Where did you get your book boxes? I bought some I am using for daily 5 and they are not going to last the year. I LOVE your blog. I teach 4th grade in NH. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I am soooo glad that you got to go back to math this year. I love the idea of a math meeting for older kids. I love starting math as a whole group and reviewing basic but important concepts. Can you believe it has only been 1 week since we have been back!!! Thanks for hosting and getting me back to blogging : )

  4. Holly I've really loving the math meeting idea in the student notebooks. I think I'm going to have to try that so that we can keep track of everything we discuss and then the students can use it. Thanks for sharing. I'm excited to hear how the rest of your math journey goes! :)
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  5. Holly! I remembered to link up ;) Thanks so much for hosting! Your math boxes look GREAT by the way!!! Thanks for stopping by!