August?!? How can it be August already?!? I feel like we just started summer! And yet, here we are, getting ready for another school year. Some of you non-Michigan people have already started your school year, which is hard for us to imagine!
How are you planning for your math instruction this year? Are you ready for a change? We have been working very hard to put together a resource that gives you EVERYTHING you need to get math workshop up and running in your classroom. We know ZONES (or any workshop model) can be overwhelming and intimidating to start, but our Starter Pack will make it so easy and manageable for you!
Here's a look at what's included:
* The First 30 Days Lesson Plans
Trust me - you want this. You NEED this. You cannot successfully do guided math without it. Setting clear expectations and building stamina is the foundation to ZONES (and any workshop model). This plan gives you day-by-day instructions on how to introduce each zone, set expectations, and build stamina. Also included are expectation posters for each zone, with a seperate set of posters for lower and upper elementary. Just imagine having your first month of math almost completely planned! Peek into a 3rd grade classroom using the 30 day plan in this blog post.
* ZONES Math Overview
This overview gives you a full explanation of each zone, the why and how of each zone, and ideas for technology and other resources you can use right away. We also address frequently asked questions, such as "What do I do with early finishers?" and "How do I hold students accountable?". The overview also details which Standards for Mathematical Practice are addressed in each of the ZONES. That's a lot of information packed in to a little document!
* Fillable ZONES lesson plan template
We designed this form because we felt it was so hard to keep track of, and fit in, all of the components of good instruction. This form helps you lay out a week or two of ZONES instruction, and gives you a checklist of options for large group instruction that incorporates vocabulary and SIOP strategies. Whew! Check out my personal blog post on how I use this form!
* Small Group Planning Form
Our very own Sara Dewey, and her teaching partner Kristy Crater, developed this form to help them keep track of which students were in which small groups, and what the teaching needs of the students were. They loved it so much they decided to share it with you! For more information about small groups, check out Sara's blog post at this link.
* Conferencing Forms
These include one for in a student record binder and one to print out on Post-Its. Yes, you read that right. Post-Its. Check out my post about conferencing right here on our blog!
* Editable ZONES Weekly Menus
The menu allows for student choice in the ZONES and keeps both you and your students organized. Two different options are included, as well as examples for each. We love using the menu in our ZONES rotations! Check out a peaceful moment in this blog post to see how effective the use of a menu can be.
*Other goodies you won't want to miss:
- MemoriZe Mat
Student use during the MemoriZe Zone. Kristin talks about the mat in her memoriZe blog post.
-Interactive Vocabulary Cards
Great for Resource Journals or the Notebook Zone (blank so they can be used for any standard/content area).
If you use interactive notebooks in your classroom, you will want this template!
- Classroom Posters & Graphics for ZONES Math
A logo for each letter, as well as a full logo.
Because you want your classroom to look cute, organized, and colorful!
- Sentence Frames
Align well with Notebook or Explore Zones. These are especially wonderful for your English learners.
- Student Work Rubric
Easily hold students accountable and your grade book happy.
All of the resources in the Starter Pack are things that we have used in our own classrooms and know the value they bring to our teaching and our students.
We are so excited for you to get started with ZONES, and we are aways here to answer questions, give information, problem solve, and share stories. Please reach out to us via blog comments, Facebook, Twitter, email, or our contact form!
Looking forward to great beginnings,
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