It's that time of year again, when I put everything back together again and figure out the new year. At the end of each year, my district requires that everything be put away in cabinets and walls be stripped bare. So, at the beginning of the year my ZONES area looks like this . . . .
Yeah. It's kinda sad.
But over the next few months, it will be filled back in. The walls will have the expectations for each of the ZONES and important math strategies we use in 1st grade. The shelves will be filled with all of the activities for each ZONE. It ends up being a lot of work each year, but it's also great because I get to reinvent and improve the look and functionality of my ZONES area. I have a feeling this will be the best year yet!
As I move into the year, I will post my organization system and how my students move through the ZONES. For now, I thought I would approach the question of "What exactly are 1st graders doing at each ZONE?"
Many activities in 1st grade need to be repetitive, to build a concrete understanding of mathematical concepts. This also makes life easy on me, because I can have a few really solid activities that the students work on for 2-3 weeks (dependent also on the unit of study). Some activities will stay the same for the whole year.
Again, these are just some of the examples of what I do. I promise more as the year moves on and more with the layout of my day on my next blog post. Stay tuned! :)
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