We started the school year with just exploration, Tubs are set out and the students simply explore what is there. It give them a chance to get their "play" out. Everyone wants to run their fingers through the buttons, but if you start right with a job for them to do, it is hard to focus with their desire to just play getting in the way. SO you fix that with "explore" time.
Here are a list of some of my math tubs:
Boats (from Oriental)
Leaves (plastic from Michaels)
I usually move the tubs the first week, but due to our schedule, I needed for the students to move. Here is why. I have Math at the end of my day. We have first lunch this year so I need to fit in packing up AND snack into my schedule without loosing instructional time, so I have one table for snack and one table for packing up. I have continued with this for two weeks, and now that I have the students trained to pack up and I have taken that out of our rotation.
Still exploring all five days. Six tables with activities, remember two of those table are occupied with snack and packing up. To make the packing up table independent, I used this packing up chart and the students checked off as they completed each item. It made it so I could float and not stay just with packers.
Introduced 4 new jobs, still have packing and snack as the other 2 jobs.
*Fishy Count on Computers - Great for counting, recognizing numbers and mouse practice.
*Geoboard numbers - just making numbers on the Geoboards using picture cards to help.
*Pete the Cat and his groovy buttons - Draw a card and place the correct buttons on Pete*Shape Book - my assistant is guiding this table with glue and scissors - Today is a Square House
Moved packing up to before specials, opening up an additonal math tub
*Pete the Cat
*Shape Book - Color and glue macaroni on triangle
*Dot to Number - Tap not splat, students roll two die, one has a color dot and the other has a number on it - students tap using bingo markers on a blank sheet of paper. Roll again, continue until the bell rings.
Early Dismissal day so I had Math first thing in the morning - so all 6 tubs were up and running
*Dot to Number
*Count and Write on iTouches*Dot to Dot Cards - students simply write the number and connet the numbers making a picture
*Shape Book - Triangle carrots
*Dot to number Bingo dots
*Shape Book - Color and glue Q-tips on rectangle
*Snack with Count and Write on iTouches if they finish early
*Dot to Dot Cards
*Fishy Count - last day of this
*Geoboards - last day of this
*Shape Book - Rectangle window
*Dot ot number using Bingo dots
*Snack with Geoboards on iTouches if they finish early