# What do the other students do while you're teaching math to small groups?

Here are some of the things that students can do when the teacher is busy with other students.

#### 1.Independent Practice

Do you have a math series with workbook pages or practice sheets? This is where they fit in... but only if the children can perform these tasks on their own. Some of your more challenged students may need to be practicing skills that are more appropriate for them. They all love this, and it's a great way to build that number sense. (and easy to differentiate!)

Children are social beings and absolutely LOVE when they get to work together! For those children who are a little insecure in their skills, having a partner might help them build a little confidence. Plus, working with a partner leads to those rich conversations that help internalize learning.

Children love games, and will play them over and over again! That means they'll be practicing the skills over and over! Try some of these popular Math games:

or try this collection

Some children LOVE to write! Here's a chance to let them do what they love while practicing math. Once they've written the math stories, they can share them with classmates for solving!

If students spend 5 minutes a day practicing math facts, they will develop math fact fluency in no time at all. Here are a few posts that tell more about building math fact fluency.

They do love those manipulatives, don't they? In order to learn with manipulatives, they need to KNOW the manipulatives. My favorites are pattern blocks and Cuisenaire Rods. Read about these here:

I'm a HUGE fan of

*Boom Learning Digital Task Cards*, and so are the kiddos! Here are a few favorites:- Math Basic Concepts Second Grade Review
- Digital Fact Fluency Addition & Subtraction Levels 1-10 Bundle
- Digital Fact Fluency Multiplication & Division Levels 1-10 Bundle

Another option would be a digital math program. I've had much luck with Happy Numbers. It's a research-based individualized program that is easy to use and adapts to the mathematical needs of the students. Plus, teachers can see a record of how each child is doing! It's easy for the teachers and fun for the students.

Some students need the assistance of an adult. I often refer to these adults as a "guest teacher." Sometimes, These adults have specific directions for their time with the child, and I'll let the child choose.

I'm sure you have plenty on hand, and the children love these! Here are some examples:

- Tangrams
- Sudoku
- Magic Squares
- Dominoes

#### 10. STEM activities

Who doesn't love a good STEM activity? This is a good time for children to work on a STEM problem that's already been introduced and needs more time, or one with easy directions, since the teacher is unavailable during this time.

Looking for some ideas on organizing these math activities?

Try this link!

Looking for some similar ideas for reading groups? Try this link!