I received an email the other day from a sweet follower asking if I did any small group math station. The answer is - Yes.
Each day my students do NUMBERs while I work with a small group.
NUMBERs is an acronym for:
Meet with the teacher
Explore math tools
Basically, students have their name on a clip and they place it on this ribbon with the letters for the acronym.
The only students who don't get to make a choice for the day are already placed on the ribbon prior to the day starting by me. These students are on "M" for Meet with the Teacher. These are the students I will work with during small group that day.
When students arrive in the morning they take their clip from these buckets
and place them on the ribbon. The little dots on the ribbon allow my students to know how many clips can go on each section. I also wrote their names so that girls go on one side and boys go on the other side. When we first started, I just reminded them that their name couldn't be upside and that helped with making sure that boys clips went on one side and girls clips went on the other side.
Then, when our NUMBERS math small group starts, I read where the clips are located and students get their supplies from here:
I labeled each tub with a picture that matches what's inside. I also make the frame around the NUMBERs letters match the color of the buckets that those materials are located in. For example, everything that is in "N" for number practice is in the column of blue buckets and the frame around the letter "N" is blue.
While students are working, they are quiet and spread out around the room. The only students who are talking are the students on "B" for Buddy Games.
If you're interested in your own NUMBERs labels, here they are: