Eureka Math resources provide a lesson template. This is a great way to keep yourself organized and to be sure you are getting it all in. I find sticking to a set schedule helps me plan and find balance. Everything at once does look like so much to take in!
Each day provide your students with approximately:
Draw students in and get them motivated, warmed up, and ready for more! There are a variety of activities to use during this time.
Sprints: You will find sprint pages in the Student Practice book also called Fluency. These quick facts have an A section and a B section. Give the students a direct time to work and stop them when time is up. Have students count up how many examples they could complete. Then set the time again for section B. Students will try to beat their score this round!
Fluency examples can also be found at the beginning of each lesson. Many times you will review a previously learned concept using base ten frame cards, place value, or facts! Any time you can incorporate real world concepts will really motivate and draw-in the students too.
Management Tip: Have student whiteboards and any manipulatives that will be needed in the lesson already in place to use for quick access after you complete the fluency portion. The less movement students have to do between the lesson segments the better!
Students are taught to read the problem to pick out all of the important information, draw a picture (tape diagram, number bond, or array), write the equation and solve, then write a statement to conclude the problem in words. Students restate the final question by filling the answer.
Students are also presented with multi-step problems to solve as well at times! Keep the types of problems fresh for them to stay challenged.
Keep it Consistent
Remember the absolute importance of consistency. Setting this routine will provide you and your students with stability, management, and a way to be set for learning. Practice the routines and provide praise for your students as they transition. Using this structure will provide good classroom management as well as consistent teaching.
- Classroom Teacher
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