Are you looking for ideas on how to setup your math block? This blog post gives you details on what our math block looks like. We have a 60-minute math block. Our math block includes calendar time, mental math/math review, whole groups, small groups, and centers! We do have a required math curriculum that we are required to use and we do use, but we supplement heavily with our Math It Up! resources.

# Starting Math Block With Calendar Time

Our math block kicks off with our calendar time. The calendar time is led by our Boss Of The day. Our calendar is interactive and engages all students. The Boss Of The Day fills in the calendar on our smart board while the rest of the class provides the information. We include the date, digital date, and days of the week. Then we do a number of the day which includes a ten frame, even and odd, how many, tally marks, greater than/less than, counting on, and counting back. Place value is included by using place value blocks or base ten blocks to count the days in school. This routine covers a number of standards and lasts 10 minutes or less.

Here is a video of our calendar routine:

Our calendar creations are available here:

# Mental Math

**.**Mental math is a quick,2-3 minute mental math activity. In kindergarten, mental math uses fingers because research says our kids NEED to be using their fingers! It gives them a necessary tactile experience as well as making connections in the brain.

**count on**-start at a number and counting to a number

**greater than/less than–**give students a number, and they give me a number that is greater than and less than the number

**counting**-count to 5, 10, 20

**add**-add two numbers to 5 or 10

**Subtract-hold**up four fingers. Take away 2. How many are left?

**ten frames and subitizing**-show students a ten-frame card or dot card and they identify the number. We also have subitizing videos that the kids love! There are two versions of the videos: a slow version and a fast version!

## Subitizing in action:

# Math Review

# Mini-Lesson

*If you’ve done some mini-lessons on the skill, then it’s ok to pull students who need extra help and work with them while the students who are mastering the skill do independent work. Don’t do whole group lessons to do them. Use that time as an opportunity to target and differentiate instruction.*

**But, you don’t have to do a whole group mini-lesson every day.**# For math lessons, we use our Math It Up! resources! CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL!

#### Here are some examples of our whole group math lessons:

Shapes Sorting Activity:

Here’s a video of a whole group math lesson: