Not every 6th grader loves doing math for 100 minutes. I have to break up the class period with several activities to keep their interest.
Time

Activity

15 minutes

Daily Math Review
Consists of 4
computationonly problems. The students practice the same types of problem
every day for 2 weeks and then they take a quiz. After students work in
groups, we grade it together.
This week, students
are working on integer operations, exponents, and ordering rational numbers.

30 minutes

Whole Group Instruction
Introduce topics, do whole group
activities, add to the interactive math notebook
This is not always direct instruction. Whole group instruction looks different every day. Students may learn about manipulatives (most recently Algebra
Tiles). They may also work together to come up with their own rules for the math they
are learning.

45 minutes

Math Stations &
Small Group Instruction
Students work in heterogeneous
groups working on fact fluency, iLearn (a math website that all my students
have an account to), and practice skills learned in previous weeks with games, task cards, stations, etc.
While students work, I
pull homogeneous groups to work on the new skill introduced in whole group
instruction. I have 56 groups per class that I pull depending on the class
and how much time I have to pull them all.
We do 23 rotations in
45 minutes.

10 minutes

Exit Ticket
Practice problems, writing in
mathematics, Plickers questions… it varies.

This would be on a normal day. Of course everyday is not perfect. Some days there are tests, or pictures, or field trips. Someday I don't do whole group instruction at all and just do small group instruction.
Because we spend so much time every day doing math, I don't give a whole lot of homework. Maybe one homework assignment a week, and usually not problems. I like to assign miniproject that students would actually want to do and where they can use their own creativity.
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