Math Workshop and a Freebie

Hi Everyone!
The summer illness has mostly left the building. 
Just a lingering sore throat, but feeling much better overall- Thanks for asking!
Thought I'd toss in a real non-linky blog post on this dreary New England day. 
I'll be coming at ya all next week with 5 days of posts from 
The Teacher's Chair School Week Linky.
If your a blogger check this out. Lots of great ideas! 

There is a freebie at the end of this long post so hold on tight!

I apologize in advance for the lack of pictures, but I am not in my classroom to take pics. 

I wanted to spend a little time today on this little 'ole blog talking about Math Workshop.
I implemented Math Workshop midway through last year and did a lot of tweaking and twisting throughout the year to make it just so. 

In my eyes Math Workshop is a time where students have the opportunity to practice the math skills they have learned in class. At this time I can catch up with kids who need remediation or an extra challenge. I don't meet with every student, but the kids I see need a little something one way or the other. I may pull them to my table to work on something specific or visit them at whatever they chose to coach them along. 

We do anywhere from 1-3 rotations of Math Workshop each lasting about 15 minutes. Ever notice how much louder kids are during math? I don't know if it's because we do math after lunch/recess or they are just so excited about learning (wink). I digress.

I modeled Math Workshop loosely off of the premise of the Daily 5. 
My take is that students given choice about their learning will  be more invested in the process. 
My students have 4 areas to choose from

Fun with Numbers
Math Facts
Math with Technology 
Math Games

I picked these four areas because
1. They are easy for the kids to remember!
2. The titles are loose enough that I can put a variety of activities in the area 
and it will encompass everything. 
Such as "Fun with Numbers" can be money, time, addition, subtraction, odd/even and more! 

I have mentioned before I don't do pocket charts with names and rotations. We simply meet on the rug. I ask each students where they are going and off they go. It's not cute or fancy, but it works! And it's one less thing I have to keep up with. It also helps me see where kids interests lie. Or they'll mention they want to go back to a certain area because they liked a game or activity there. 

As we did Math Workshop last year and Math Centers the previous year I always got a little hung up on the preparation time of it all. There is only so much cutting and laminating a girl can do. I'd be cutting and stuffing baggies minutes before they were about to go to the area. 
This year I thought I'd help myself out a bit. 
I have spent many a naptime this month working on 

Print and Go Math Workshop (September)!

Just like the name says...
 You print these up, add some cards and/or dice, perhaps some counters and away you go! 
Included your kiddos will be working on
+1 and +0
Number Line
Odds and Evens
Number Recognition
Graphing with 3 different Johnny Appleseed pictures
Addition Games

There are 10 activities in all.
I also included a checklist where students can put a tally mark each time they complete an activity.
The students can go back to these over and over again throughout the month!
You set them up once at the beginning of the month and off they'll go.
This will free up so much of your time you won't know what to do with yourself. Hehehe! time....never!

Go HERE  to check this easy peasy Math Workshop!
Hold the phone....These are ON SALE for $1.00 until Monday night! (7/29).
October, November and so on will be joining the ranks soon too!

In preparation for September (gulp) I have also made some Math Workshop signs for my classroom.
Last years were pitiful.
These will be so much better!
They are coming to you today for FREE!
Oh yeah, you heard that right...FREE!

I made them in full page and half page. 

If you grab these I'd love your feedback. Thanks in advance!

Thanks for hanging in there folks!


  1. I fiddled with a math workshop (also modeled after the Daily 5) a little bit this past year, but had trouble making it work. I am excited to revisit it this year - hopefully some of your fun ideas will be super helpful!

    Sprinkles for the Teacher

    1. Thanks so much Mallory! Good luck with Math Workshop this year.

  2. I just love this post - it is one of my fav topics - Math (Here is Aus we say Maths). I co-own a Maths blog called iSURF and we have just posted our first linky about Maths games - you may want to check it out. We would love some feedback.
    Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

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  4. This was a great post! I love math! (sigh) My kiddos get SUPER loud during math as well. Last year, my students played math games after completing their independent work, which gave me time to re-teach students who needed help. I love that your games are much more centered on the concepts being taught at the time. I'm definitely going to put more time into them this year.

    Super Sparkly in Second

    1. Carol- Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your math is a bit quieter this year =)

  5. I am going to try to implement math workshop this year as well. Do you do it everyday?
    Great post! Thanks for sharing! I am a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

    1. Hillary
      Thanks for checking my post out. I do it about 3 times per week!

  6. Math Workshop in your class sounds perfect - simple and easy! These workshop posts of yours are rockin'! :)

    Primary Junction

    1. Kayla
      Thank you so very much! You are too sweet!


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