Guided Math Whole Group to Small Group

At the very top of my to do list this summer was a big stack of past year’s math lesson plans.  I was determined to transform them from the required unfriendly format into a complete set of whole group to small group detailed plans with the busy teacher in mind! Fun, detailed, teacher friendly, and complete with all lesson materials!  I just wrapped up the second unit of these plans and am excited to share!  You can catch the post on the first unit here if you missed it. 

Each unit that I am creating focuses on standards rather than seasonal activities.  I focused on full engagement in both the whole group and the small group activities. 

I just wrapped up unit 2 which focuses solely on the concepts needed to understand and apply addition and subtraction within 20. 

Each lesson in this unit  contains the following information with the activities for both your whole group and small group instruction:

Essential Question
Lesson Objective
Whole Group Lesson
Lesson Discussion Guide
Materials List
Small Group Lesson
Differentiated Lesson Ideas for Remediate, On Level, and Enrich

 There are 20 lessons in this unit.  One full month of instruction.  Of course if your students need to spend more than one day on a particular concept that is greatly encouraged!


The lesson materials are *mostly* black and white but as you can see in the cards above and below, I added some color when it was to the benefit of better understanding a concept.

 Just add manipulatives and you will have a complete rigorous and FUN set of lesson plans to fuel your passion for teaching! 

 The concepts covered in unit 2
Vocabulary for parts of a number sentence
Making Ten
Part part whole
Missing addend
Missing subtrahend
Number sentence matching a picture
Number sentence matching a math story
Problem solving
Balancing across the equal sign
Join, separate, compare
Commutative property of addition
Number line addition
Number line subtraction

 A Pacing Guide to the Units

  Unit One Number Sense                                         Unit 2 Addition and Subtraction

You can grab the bundle below. As of now it only contains the first two units.  As I add the units, you will download the new units from your purchases folder on teacherspayteachers.
You receive a 20% discount when buying them all at once!

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  1. I am determined to try the workshop model for math this year. I have done it for reading/writing for many years and love it. We have new curriculum for math that I have to dig in to. I don't think I need the lesson plans but the supplements (math mats etc..) would be awesome. Are those in your math games centers already? Or are these specific to your new units that you are writing? I am also piloting the brand new Lucy Caulkins reading units of study this year (did writing last year) – planning, planning, planning! #teachersworkallsummertoo #butwithsunshine #onthepatio 🙂

  2. I am so excited/nervous to start guided math this year. We use Saxon math, which has all of the concepts mixed up so you are teaching a completely different concept each day : (. I'm trying to re-arrange the lessons in an order that makes sense. I was wondering how long it usually takes you to start teaching the small group lessons. I read your post on how to start guided math, but am struggling to get all the parts nailed down.

    Thank you for such great posts on your guided math structure! They are really helping me with starting this process!

    1. Hi Samantha! I used to use Saxon when I first started! I would use that for your whole group but then teach these units in small group. They should not be too difficult of concepts since saxon spirals all the concepts together. I think it could work. I have posts on guided math under labels and then click guided math on the right hand side bar. If you can't find them let me know. Those posts might explain how I structure it in my room a little better.

    2. How did that work with Saxon math this year Samantha? I also use Saxon math and am trying to find something else.

  3. Reagan you are amazing!!! I teach Kinders – which of the above TPT packets would be best?
    Really wanting/ needing to incorporate math workshop this year!

  4. Hi, Reagan! I just purchased Units 1-9 as a bundle and am wildly excited about trying it this year and hoping I succeed! I teach in Dallas, TX (DISD) we use the GO Math Textbook as part of our instruction. I was wondering how do you incorporate your Math textbook into your Guided Math? Or, do you leave it out all together? Thanks, I look forward to your response!

    1. The workbook can be integrated in a round of your small groups as an apply station where they are independently working at their seats. I do not work in the workbook consistently. I do math journal much more consistently. If there is a particular page that you really want to be sure to hit, you can also do it in your small group. I would not do that daily.

  5. I LOVE this! Unfortunately I just bought the bundled math centers right after the Vegas conference. I should have waited I fear as this was definitely more so what I was looking for as we are going to blended math this year. Wish I could afford both products as this looks fabulous. Especially the way you have already aligned it to the standards. Darn darn!…:-)…great stuff!!!

  6. Hello! Sorry for the confusion, but I do use the seasonal math centers every day! They are the math tub round of my guided math. They are an integral part of the rotations for the students that are not with me at the small group table. I appreciate your purchase! 🙂

  7. Hi Regan,
    TOTALLY LOVE this but trying to figure it all out. I teach in NY and we have common core to use. Did you write the essential question based on the objective? We have debrief questions which I think matches your question box on your teacher template for lessons. I have started this week and what a difference I see. I still have 3 more Math modules to go which are the easier ones-I am excited to begin my year next year right off the bat with this. Any extra advice or help would be great:)

    1. The essential questions are based on the learning domain rather than a specific objective. (most of the time) Occasionally they will match the day’s objective.