Getting ready to teach factors and multiples? Guided math is my favorite way to plan and implement math lessons. The same goes for my factors and multiples lesson plans! I want to share how I plan my guided math lessons, and give you some helpful tips along the way.
Every great math lesson starts with a mini-lesson. The same goes for your factors and multiples lesson plan. A lot of teachers get caught up in the mini-lessons. They think they need to incorporate a boat load of practice, but really – you want to be concise and focus on modeling.
Using guided math notes is one way to make sure your mini-lessons remain, well, mini! With guided math notes, you have already pre-planned the problems you will model with students, the problems they will complete with a partner, and their independent practice. I find that it helps me move through my lessons efficiency.
Small Group Activities
After the mini-lessons, it’s time for small group or center activities. With group activities, you want to keep the activities fairly consistent from week to week. The reason for this is it keeps you from repeating the instructions each week. For example, if you have a math sort activity each week, your students will know what to expect. No need to explain it again and again!
Classwork and Homework
The next component of a factors and multiples lesson plan is the classwork and homework. This is the part of the lesson where you get to see what your students know. Through independent practice, you can get a true idea of strengths and weaknesses.
The key here is to make sure you are collecting data. You don’t need to grade every piece of work your students do, but you do need to make sure you are checking in on their progress. For instance, you might pick a math problem from their independent work that was a good test of their knowledge, and then note who did well, who needs help, and who mastered it.
To wrap up the lesson, have your students complete an exit ticket. This can be a short problem, or you can have them write down something they learned from the lesson: a formula, definition, method, etc. You can also use these exit tickets to collect data on your students before the next lesson.
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The guided math notes are great for teachers who may already have a curriculum in place, but want to make their mini-lessons run more smoothly. These notes can be used for guided instruction, as a study guide, homework, independent practice, and more. It helps simplify math practice, and it’s easy to follow along.