i was just about to sit to type out my Math CAFE menu and there you are with Busybee's menu. That will be a great start for me (I have a different acronym and I statements).

Thanks everyone...I really hope that someone else can use it. Thanks Abbra for posting it so that more people could see it, and I am glad that I was able to share something with everyone who has helped me so much prepare for this year. Have a great day!

Super Job Busybee! Even if I don't officially do Math Daily 4 this year, your post will help enormously in reminding me to "hit" the areas to target - in keeping me more focused. I find TERC Investigations doesn't focus on everything it should so your work will help to guide me.

What do you use for your math menu? This is the first I've even heard of such a thing, so I'm interested in gathering different ideas. Thanks for your help.

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.

Daily 5

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 am going to do something similar to goldenbeads, but wait to do the shapes part. I will have 1 "Must do" which is work on the topic piece we are doing that day (activity or worksheet), then choices of "Problem of the day/week", "math strategy games" and "fact fluency". I have a math games centre from years ago that really works that will be part of the games part, as well as a problem-solving bulletin board that will have different problems. In the problem solving, I will also have an estimation station, and daily graph. The daily graph will have to be done by everyone throughout the day (even if it is before recess) as we discuss it at the end of the day as part of our closing routine. I only have 45-60 minutes, so the plan is 10-15 minute mini-lesson and group practice, and 2-3 rounds (depending on day) of the "choices". Hope this helps.