We really have 2 math warm-up times in my classroom. We start the day with our calendar which is filled with opportunities for math talk, but our math block is in the afternoon so I start our time with another chance to warm-up or stretch our math thinking. This past year I kind of had "Math Warm-Up ADHD!" I kept finding new ideas to try but never really found a routine or rhythm that worked for us. For awhile we had a daily stretch from Laney's Math Stretches book. We completed a Daily Math sheet after lunch while students took a restroom break. Then I started adding journal prompts. I used dot cards, ten frames and hundreds chart activities. By the end of the year I had added Think Math. For awhile it seemed liked our warm-up activities were taking over the math block and aside from the Daily Math sheet, the kids really didn't know what to expect each day. (Not a good plan!) Even our calendar time was getting bogged down with too many types of activities.
So now my goal is to choose the experiences I want my class to have each week and devise a schedule. So far I know that I want to include:
- Think Math- I love how this activity helps the kids really think about math problems! (Read how I got started here.)
- Data Collection and Analysis
- Number Talks using dot cards or ten frames to help develop number sense and fact fluency. Here are some cards I created for the beginning of the year to remind me of the different activities we could do:
- 100 Chart activities. I won't start these right away but I do eventually want this to be a weekly activity.
- Math Stretches from Laney like "What's Next?", "How Did My Family Use Math Last Night?" and "___ Makes Me Think of..."
Math Stretch Cards
- Number of the Day
- Journals: Last spring I revamped my math workshop and added journal activities as a rotation along with math workstations instead of using them as a warm-up. I love how it worked out!
Here's a link to Laney's Math Stretches book. She also has them for other grade levels.