This year I am looking to make my math block more center based! I think that this will allow me to meet the varied needs of my students. I have created math centers that are structured in rounds and use the acronym OWLS. You don't have to have an Owl themed classroom for these centers but it would go well with one too! Click on here to grab a copy of the O.W.L.S. Math Workshop Stations!
The O.W.L.S program was designed to be used as a center based math workshop implementation. These centers represent multimodal learning to adapt to the needs of all of your learners. The centers are sectioned into 4 rounds. Depending on your math block the times will vary. IN order to keep groups fluid, the student group cards were designed to be moved from week to week, or even day to day. Adapt the center rotation cards to fit your classroom needs! That’s what they were designed for!
The acronym is as follows:
O- On your Own- This station was meant to allow for individual math work. This can be seatwork, an individual math game, or a worksheet.
W-Work with Your Hands- (My personal favorite) At this center, students work on activities that use manipulatives. Many of the math games that I use in my classroom fit into this category so I use this station for games as well.
L- Learn with Your Teacher- This center was designed in relation to a reading group. This can be where you use direct instruction or intervene with small groups.
S-Solve Math Facts and Problems- This station is the “problem-solving/fact recall” station Depending on your students’ needs, you can have students work on math facts or problem solving activities. This is also a great place to have a parent volunteer to help with flash cards!
This Pack Includes:
-2 Math Workshop O.W.L.S Headers
-Small, medium, and large O.W.L.S explanation cards
-A set of small Rounds cards for the side of the board
-Small, medium, and large group number cards to indicate which group students are in.
-Small group cards to place student names under
-2 sets of blank student name cards
-Set 1- with Owls
-Set 2- Plain Cards
-4 Center titles to place above the task cards to indicate which activity will be completed at the center
-65 Task cards to place underneath center titles (Blank cards included for personalization! ***I will customize these for you if you would like!***)
-1 picture to show how the bulletin board is set up
That's all for now :)