OK. The more I read and prepare for the daily 5 and the literacy cafe, the more I want to do a parallel math menu and board.

Could you help me think about it, please?

The literacy menu is split into 4 major areas of reading success Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.

I've been thinking that a math menu could similarly be split into

Math CAFE

Comprehension: I understand the problem.
Accuracy: I can solve the problem and check my work.
Fluency: I know the basic facts.
Expanding Strategies: I know, find, and use different strategies.

Then, I saw someone who'd done

Computation
Application
Fluency
Expanding Math Vocabulary

and I like that too. It may even be better.

I've seen some people do it with the strands, but I want it to parallel the Literacy CAFE more, and that isn't broken into the strands (Language, Reading and Literature, Composition, and Media).

What do you think?

Seeing that the sisters Math Dailies are

1. Math assignment/paper practice
2. Fact Practice
3. Number Games
4. Fact Games
5. Strategy Games.

Although I think I would change out fact games to be one of geometry, measurement, or pattern practice.

I love this idea, and I'd really like to see what kind of responses you get. I won't lie, I'm reading all of these fabulous ideas and I'm running out of wall space!!! I don't know where on Earth I'd put all these!!!

Personally out of the one's you've posted, I like the first one the most: the one where you defined.

My daily choices are:
-Fact Practice/Games
-Strategy Games
-Geometry
-"Grab Bag" (including file folder games, reinforcement activities for current focus, graphing activities and "Drops in the Bucket" worksheets)

I have my menu broken down by NCTM strand, but now I am trying to work out an acronym, maybe using CAFE, or one that fits with my classroom theme... we'll see. I have a week to decide!!

I kinda like the CAFE you made for math, too. The definitions are great. Thoughts-do you think the corresponding Literacy CAFE will confuse kids or help them make sense of both?

This is true-the Sisters don't use strands for theirs, either, and that's not what their CAFE is.

I want kids to have more practice on facts, problem solving and more practice on concepts. Also, what are we thinking would be the daily 5 portion of this? I thought I could fit 3 rotations in, and teach my math lessons in 24 minutes-3 mini-lessons of 8 minutes each. Yes, this terrifies me as it's usually a 60+ minute lesson. Granted, lots is hands-on and partner work, but I wonder how will I make this work.

I think it's exciting people are being so proactive and thinking about this!

what are you all thinking you'll do to launch your math dailiys? What are the essential math behaviors that good mathematicians need? Obviously, I'm thinking of how daily 5 reading works.

1. DailyMath Assignment/Paper Practice
2. Daily Problem Solving Notebook
3. Daily Strategy/Tub Games
4. Daily Fact Practice
5. Daily Expand Your Math Vocabulary

Changes accordingly with the Strands taught Planning on teaching one direct lesson with new voc and small group lessons to reinforce students having problems with lesson while others do Daily 5
My "CAFE" will be whatever strand is being taught that day.

This is my best shot so far for my classroom Math daily 5 (2nd and 3rd grades)
NOW....Txblonde , any ideas for posters? Yours are so perfect and colorful:}

1. Practice New(est) Skills - all strands
2. Math facts (paper practice, flashcards, games . . . ) - number and operations
3. Work with Shapes - geometry, pattern, measurement
4. Work on Word problems - all strands
5. Logic and Reasoning (Strategy) Games - data, algebra, statistics, probability

As far as launching - I think I'll do this order: 1, 3, 4, 2, 5.

I think I'll be able to do three rotations which is really good - I have three grades in my room. So I'll have a way to do grade specific standards, but I won't lock myself in to only grade level groups.

If I remember correctly - and there's NO guarantee that I do - it was scrapbunny who had the second set and her definitions were something like:

Computation - I can do the problems.
Application - I can use math to solve real-life problems.
Fluency - I can solve basic math facts quickly and easily.
Expanding Math Vocabulary - I know, find, and use math vocabulary.

You all are so creative! This is great!
I think I have my hands full with the changes from CAFE/D5...so I may wait on this until later...maybe after winter break.

I have a feeling that the Sisters will be coming out with a math book in the next 1-2 years...wouldn't that be nice!?!

Haha, well... I'll be happy to do posters but we all need to agree on a common "thread". You know what I mean??

My biggest concern with math (based on last years students...no idea what I'm getting this year!) is that they took forever FOREVER to do simple math... and they couldn't understand the math word problems. I think something like CAFE would be great to have on the walls so that they have something to look back at and remember ways to help them do certain things. Does that make sense??

As far as Daily 5 (math) goes...I'm at a loss because I don't have manipulatives. Last year was a rough one! Any suggestions?? I'm all ears!

just had a quick thought to add on to Goldenbead's idea....
what if I put up a large sheet of paper (right over top of the reading CAFE) that had the math CAFE words and posted cards under the letters as they are taught...just like reading CAFE...and then rolled up the large paper so that the reading one was visible. That way I could roll down the math strategies cards just during math. Does this make sense?

I love thinking and developing and creating curricula and systems that will work for the children! Of course, every conversation I have leads me to something new:

Comprehension: I understand the problem.
Application: I can use what I know to solve different problems.
Fact Fluency: I know the basic facts.
Expanding Vocabulary and Explaining Reasoning: I know, find, and use math words to explain how I solve problems.

I too had no math "things" in my classroom when I started (the previous teacher didn't "do" math, she only did it for 1/2 hour a week....and we wonder why some students can't add and subtract single digits by grade 5?!) ANYWAYS, what I did because of time and money was go to the dollar store and get some things: 4 pkg. of screw plugs (three different colours and sizes in a box of 200)--great for counters, measuring, etc. , package of dried beans (again-- measuring, coiunters, and weights), popsicle sticks and little foam cubes (I used as base ten rods and cubes), play money (money), and they also had some logic games too. I also collected bread tags and bottle caps from parents the first few weeks and used these for patterns, probability and chance (the different colours), and also coloured one side of the caps so that they could do more with them. It was a start for about $40. Hopefully this helps. I taught gr.3 and they used them all.