Schedule for Captain Math Days!
We have 60 minutes scheduled for our Captain math days.
Below is exactly what we do during that precious time.
(10 minutes) During this time, a student wears our "captain hat" and teaches the class a short math review lesson that includes three to five skills that have been taught during the current unit or previous units.
Lesson Preview & Directions:
(10 minutes) During this time, I briefly introduce the concept I will be teaching for the day, specify the
journal pages students will be completing in their math journals, announce any materials they will need to
do their daily work (rulers, protractor, etc.), and explain the game that students will be playing at the
Games Station (if necessary).
Rotation #1: (10 minutes)
Work With Teacher: At this station, students sit close to me and engage in an interactive lesson that is geared to their needs. I use a small dry erase board, and the students sit on the carpet in front of me so that I can see exactly what they are doing. Students often use portable dry erase boards to practice the concepts we are learning, work together on pages in the math journal, or I use our Activeboards to make my instruction more interactive and effective!
Rotation #2: (10 minutes)
On My Own
Independent Practice: Students are at their desks during this rotation working on pages in their math journal (Everyday Math's term for a math workbook). They may also be working on Harcourt Math Series, teacher-created worksheets or math packets.
Rotation #3: (10 minutes)
Math Games: At this rotation, students play Everyday Math games or other math games that help them practice the concepts they are learning in each unit. Students usually play the games with a partner in their group. However, there are times when the games can be played as a whole group or in larger groups of three to four students. This rotation can also be a time for students to work on math projects and/or investigations that span multiple days. (Everyday Math even has online games that students can play on the laptops.)
(10 minutes) At the end of math, I call the class back together quickly to reinforce the day's concept. If there is time, we will correct the daily math journal page as a class.