Do Parents Ever Ask You:
  • What are you working on in class?
  • How can I help my child?
  • Where can I find more information?
  • How do we practice this at home?
  • Can you send home more work so we can practice?

Many parents want to do everything they can to help their child succeed, but are at a loss for where to begin. These Common Core parent helpers break down the standards and answer questions parents may have about what their child is working on. They are great to give out at conferences, or send home as you are teaching different units. You can even send home specific standards with specific students. (Is that differentiated parent support???) The best part? These also come with a Spanish translation! Every parent wants to feel involved, and now you can communicate with your students' Spanish speaking parents--even if you only speak English!

Here's a breakdown of what a math parent helper looks like.

Here's a closer look at the informational text and literature parent helpers:

These parent helpers are offered in a bundle so you can get the three sets for your grade level at a discounted price! They also include editable parent helper templates, so you can write your own parent helpers in the same format. A blank background version is also included to save ink! Just print it on some pretty astro-brights paper and you are all set!

You can find these for Grades 2-5 in my TpT store. Learn more here.

I am so excited for this course! I have gotten many questions over the years about how I run Guided Math in my classroom. A lot of teachers have asked me about different situations they have in their own classroom, how to make Guided Math work with a shorter math block, what do you leave for a sub, and what are the other students busy doing? If you've read some of my other blog posts, you know that I like to keep my groups flexible and have my students be responsible for their own work. Now, I am sharing how I go about doing all of this, with all of you in this FREE course!

You'll learn:
-How I decide if I should introduce and objective during whole group or small group math
-The four groups you should have running in your classroom every day
-How flexible groups work
-How to launch Guided Math in ten days
-How to manage behavior and accountability
-Sample math block schedules and classroom layouts
-How to run groups with or without another adult
-How unit overviews are the most important part of planning
-Plus more!

 Sign up now, and work at your own pace!

I hope you love this bundle as much as I do!
Guided Math for First Grade is composed of 9 units divided into four quarters. The units range anywhere from 2 weeks long to 6 weeks long, depending on the standard(s) being covered. There are 8 weeks of lesson plans for each quarter. (If you work in a traditional school, this will leave you one week for review or test prep each quarter. You can also use that extra week as a buffer week because we all know interruptions happen that get you off track.) Check out the year at a glance below.


Guided Math is intended for small group instruction done by the teacher. These lessons are designed to be done as targeted instruction in a group setting, but teachers may choose to use some of the materials in whole group lessons as well.

Binder spine labels are also included so you can keep all of your 1st Grade Guided Math materials organized! They come in a printer friendly version as well!

Scroll down to take a look at what's included!

Vocabulary cards, definitions, and questions from the lessons are provided to display. You can put these in a pocket chart, or have them out on the table while you are teaching a lesson.

Printables are intended to be used to support instruction and provide students with hands on tools, posters, templates, and more that can help them understand whatever topic you are covering.

 A practice page is included for each day and covers the objective taught this day. Use this during your small group lesson to check for understanding, or make it a part of your rotations!

Extension activities are also included for each day. These can be used after students have been taught the day's lesson. You can add them to your rotations or centers.

 Additional resources are provided to support your instruction. These resources vary from foldables, to games, to extra practice.

One of my favorite things in the Guided Math units are the unit overviews. Try color coding how well your class did with a lesson as you teach them. Save every unit overview and when its time to review at the end of the year, you know exactly what objectives to spend the most time reinforcing.

The Guided Math Bundle also includes a Teacher Handbook & Overview. Inside you can find these unit reflection sheets. They are a great place to take notes and reflect on your teaching as you teach the units. Put down areas you want to review, things you want to do different next year, etc... This is also something you can use to show your administrator that you reflect on your teaching practices!

The Guided Math bundle has Student Graphs that you can use to allow students to graph their pre and post assessment scores to track their growth. There is also a generic graph that you can use to track scores from any math assessment you give.

Get the 1st Grade Guided Math Bundle HERE.

Click HERE to learn more about how I run Guided Math time in my classroom.
**Available for Grades 1-5

What are you doing to encourage your students to go to college? Some teachers call their students "scholars" instead of students. Some schools have graduation ceremonies for pre-k, kindergarten, or 5th grade. And while students may wear a cap and gown, do they really understand what it means to "graduate"? It is important to start talking about college at a young age, so students KNOW this is an option for them. Many students, especially those who come from lower income areas, don't think about college because of the costs. It's important for students to know their are options! (Loans, scholarships, technical careers, etc...) This unit is full of resources for lower and upper grades students. It includes posters, mini books, vocabulary, and much more! A "Road to College" poster will help your students see how their current actions can help keep them on the path!

Download the preview here to learn more!

Have you thought of starting guided math groups in your classroom, but aren't sure if it's the best thing for you? Let me try to convince you with 5 reasons why you should implement guided math groups--immediately!

Running Guided Math groups allows you to work with your students in a small group setting. Students will benefit from more one on one time with you. I have found that time working with a handful of students at a table is my favorite time of the day. It allows me to zero in on exactly what they are having difficulty with. I can differentiate my instruction for each child much more easily during this time. It's a great time to take notes about your students. You can look back at these notes later for future planning of your group time.

One big question teachers always have about guided math is, but what are the other students doing? I go more in depth with that in my guided math set up blog post which you can read here, but the main takeaway is that students are still practicing the skills! By using extension activities, practice pages, technology, and centers, your students can be practicing and reinforcing the skills they have learned all year. It is so important to keep the skills fresh in the students' minds, and guided math groups allow you the perfect chance to do this!

It's important for students to learn to work independently and be responsible for their learning. They can't expect you to think for them. If we only do whole group instruction, it can be difficult to make time for students to really try to learn and practice skills on their own. It takes time to train students to do this! I have a free 10 Day Guided Math Launch Plan in my TpT store. This can give you some help with managing your groups during the first 2 weeks that you launch it.

Collaboration is important. When you allow students to work in groups or with partners they are learning problem solving and social skills. We ALL know that students need all the help they can get with this. Sure, you may have to intervene and help every now and then, but if students never have the opportunity to practice, how can we expect them to get better?

It's fun! Students enjoy getting to practice their math skills in a hands on way! And trust me, you can do this, even without another adult in the room, even without a lot of technology, you can do it! There is nothing like looking around your classroom and seeing your students buzzing as they are working on many different skills, busy at their group or in their centers! If you invest the time teaching procedures and expectations, your groups will practically run themselves.

For more information about how I run Guided Math using flexible grouping in my classroom, check out this blog post. You can also check out my Guided Math year long bundles by following the links below. Looking for more of a step-by-step guide to Guided Math? Check out this FREE course!

For resources to use during your math block check out, 1st Grade Guided Math, 2nd Grade Guided Math, 3rd Grade Guided Math, 4th Grade Guided Math, and 5th Grade Guided Math!

 Getting students to grasp the concept of main idea and details can be difficult. The idea behind this activity is for students to understand what it means for details to support a main idea. When they are given the sentences to the paragraph all mixed up and out of order, it requires them to think about which of the details supports another. Are all of the other sentences about this one? Are these sentences related? What is the main idea the author is trying to tell me in this paragraph? This activity engages them in a higher order thinking task, and requires reasoning skills. You can do this activity with any paragraph of sentences by simply typing them up and giving them to students out of order. You could even write the sentences to the paragraph randomly on the board and have students recopy them as a paragraph that begins with the main idea. You can try the activity shown in the photographs for free. I also have included a response sheet so students can write and explain why one sentence is the main idea. The file also includes writing extension ideas for older students!

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There are many uses of reading question stems in the classroom. From independent reading, to teacher directed reading, to supporting parents, these stems are very versatile.
There are many different ways you can use reading question stems in the classroom. They are a great way to make sure your students are accountable for that independent reading time.
You can cut apart the question stems and give them to students to think about as they are reading. This gives them a purpose as they are reading, instead of just flipping through a book and tossing it aside and grabbing another. Another idea is to have them at your guided reading table and use them as discussion starters.

You can also have students cut them apart, glue them in a notebook, and respond to them. They can turn their reading notebooks in to you as a form of accountability for their independent reading time. Some of the questions require a lengthier response, and it would not always be a good use of students' time to have them respond to more than one question. After all, the goal of independent reading time is for students to be reading. :) But, responding to one or two questions can be a good way for you to hold them accountable for their reading time, while also gauging their skills with a certain standard.

Teacher Directed Lessons

The reading question stems are also beneficial to you. During any read aloud, you can pull a page (or more) of question stems that pertain to the specific standard you are working on. This will help you guide your lesson and class discussion toward that skill. You can also leave a few pages of question stems along with some books in a sub bin and you are all set for that unexpected absence.

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