Sunday, December 9, 2012


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:

Number activities
Use technology
Meet with the teacher
Buddy games
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:


  1. How fabulous Erica!! I would just love to spend a day in your classroom and observe!! And have FUN! ;) You are so organized!!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  2. I plan on changing up my morning math stations to something more like this. I want the kids to have more choice in math like they do in literacy. So could you do a few posts on the specifics on what types of things are in your NUMBERS tubs? I can tell a little from the pictures, but would like more information. Thanks.
    Mrs. Shelton’s Kindergarten

  3. What a wonderful idea! I came across your blog as I was checking out blog posts today! I'm beyond glad that I found your blog. You have fantastic ideaas! Thank you for sharing them.

    It's "OWL" Good in Kindergarten

  4. Wow...I am so impressed! I am a stickler for organization and you've got me beat. And Cute! Cute! Cute! at that! I think I am going to adopt your method. Thanks for the great idea. You are so creative.

    The Convenient Teacher

  5. This is a great organizational idea! It seems like after the initial work to get everything set, there isn't much daily prep which I love! Do you switch up the activities in the tubs very often? And when you do, do you take a new picture every time??

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    Kindergarten Kel

  6. This is a terrific idea! Very excited to try this in my classroom! Thank you sooooo much for sharing your ideas!



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