The First 5 Minutes Of Guided Math



Last year, I blogged about how I like to spend the first 5 minutes of guided reading in this post right here. I loved using this way to start guided reading and it really helped me get my groups going. I wasn't really in that weird limbo stage of what now when I began my groups.

But, you know where I was in that weird limbo stage? GUIDED MATH. Holy moly, talk about a place where I have literally no idea what I'm doing.

So, I realized I could start guided math the same way. It would help me get my bearings together, just like in guided reading. For some reason, the consistency of how I started these groups really made me feel better. 


With guided math, I knew Pop The Balloon would have to look a little different. I knew it would need to meet the standards of what I was teaching at the time- a lot like in reading, but more specific and skill set. For example, if we are working on shapes, I would pull out the Pop The Balloon: 2D & 3D Shapes cards. 


How do you play Pop The Balloon?
Each child in your guided group gets a card. I give each child a different card because 1. I don't want to make that many copies of the same card (that is a lot of paper and ink) and 2. I don't really want them to overhear the person next to them saying it out loud. Start at the bottom and read each bubble on the way to the top. My kids like to clap their hands and go, "POP!" when they reach the top of their card. If they got them all right, I give them another card. I usually have 5-6 kids in a guided group, so can I listen to them all at once? Obviously not. I listen to one kid, while the rest in the group practice and play at their own pace. 

I feel like adding Pop The Balloon to my guided math routine has really helped build skills, but has also built consistency in how I begin my groups. 



If you want to try out Pop The Balloon, you can try the b/d reversal set for free! Just click the picture below. 



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