Sunday, January 11, 2015

January's Loved That Lesson: Gallery Walk!

We go back to school tomorrow and time to think about teaching! (As if I haven't been thinking all Winter Break!) After being off for three weeks, the first week is always hard. . . on all of us! It takes a few days to get kids back into the routine of school.

Gallery Walks are always a great way to get students up and moving, while practicing specific skills or reviewing concepts. The concept is simple and very low-prep. Write review questions on chart paper throughout the room. This can be used with any subject! Students work in pairs or triads to solve each problem/answer each question. After setting a timer (usually no more than 5 minutes), groups move to the next chart, and so on.
These pictures are from the end of last year, so don't think we've already covered these concepts!! :)
You can make a recording sheet, but I just have students use their math notebooks to record answers. (Remember low-prep!) It is a very non-threatening activity and encourages collaboration! At the end of the period, we review answers together and it is a good gauge as to which students need more practice.
I've created a set of Gallery Walk task cards of the math skills we learned before Winter Break (place value, rounding, addition & subtraction of greater numbers, multiplication, and division.) I plan to save and use every year (then I don't feel as bad about wasting so much chart paper)! You can check it out here.
Many thanks to Meg at The Teacher Studio for hosting this monthly linky!

4 comments:

  1. Great idea! Gallery walks are a fun way to get students up and moving and discussing.
    Warmly,
    Jennifer
    Astute Hoot: Tools for the Wise Teacher
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    1. I was thinking about reviewing our Greek & Latin roots via Gallery Walk, too! They don't seem to tire of practicing skills when they're collaborating & walking around! Thanks for stopping by, Jennifer!

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  2. Thanks for linking up! We love doing gallery walks too!

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  3. Great idea to get the kids up and moving!!

    Stuckey in Second

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