Just started this in my class...
02132011, 09:17 AM


I teach fourth grade and my team just started using this type of rotation this past week. Our math groups were already grouped according to ability, so within that group, I have formed 3 small groups with 7 kids in each group. I meet with each group for 15 minutes each, introducing the new core concept. Each group receives the same lesson, but I can differentiate it a bit according to each group's needs. While I'm meeting with the core group, the other 2 groups are working on math fluency activities. I have one group partnering up within their small group to practice math flash cards and the other small group is working on a practice page of math fluency such as division or multiplication. I have put these pages in plastic "sleeves" that the kids work on using thin expo markers, so I will not have to make tons of copies. The flashcards are in a basket at one table and the practice handout in sleeves are in another basket at another table. The supplies stay put and the groups rotate clockwise around the room. My team considered have the other 2 groups work on review concepts that we've already taught this year, and that may come in time, but for now we must wanted to get it up and running, getting the students used to our expectations during the rotation time. A couple of times this week I did send the group I was working with to the next station and asked them to complete the handout that we had been working on together instead of practicing the flash cards at that rotation. Plus, our fourth graders unfortunately still do need to practice their math facts, because without that, they have no foundation for future concepts. I hope this helps!
