Daily 4 MATH Ideas

Math in the primary classroom.

With the incredible success of Daily 5 in my classroom, I decided to try a Daily 5 themed math in my classroom. I don’t have as much time for my math slot that I do for my reading, so I shortened it to Daily 4 Math.

I did a few searches looking for the different components of Daily 5 Math and noticed it was different for everyone. So, I created headings that fit my own classroom.

  • My Daily 4 Math Components:
  • Math with the Teacher
  • Math with a Partner
  • Math with a Computer
  • Math by Yourself

We use the EnVision Math curriculum, and this is our first year using it. There is a LOT of different daily activities they supply us, like daily reviews, workbook pages, quick checks, booklets, etc. So, I was finding it difficult to get it ALL done every day.

Here is how I have incorporated all of these activities into my daily schedule.

Math with the Teacher:

This is when we do our Guided Practice and Independent Practice in our workbooks. This is their time for learning and instruction, then application. (I usually sit in that chair by the rolly cart, but I had to step out to take the picture…)

Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades
Mini book that teaches strategy

This is when they do their 4-page mini-booklet that teaches the strategy.

Math with a Partner:

I set up little rugs and give the kids a basket. The activities change in this area from day to day, but they are always working in a group of two or three.

Students busy learning

Math with a Computer – Daily 4 Math Ideas

Either the kids are playing a game on the student computers or the ActivBoard. In this picture, it is hard to tell what is happening, but the girl in the back is jumping up and down because the boy at the ActivBoard is running out of time matching addition facts and sums. It’s fun to see them cheer each other on.

Daily 4 Math Ideas- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades

Math By Yourself:

EnVision Math comes with a student workbook that has two workbook pages per topic, so that is their chance to work through those independently. They get it checked as soon as I’m done teaching in my group so that they get immediate feedback on right/wrong.

(If you don’t have Math Workbooks, I would suggest doing Math Journals during this time!)

Daily 4 Math Ideas - Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades

For more on teaching math in your primary classroom, check this post on math resources.

Daily 4 Math- Putting it all together- 4 math centers for hands-on work for primary grades
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