How to Use Math Charts during Whole Group Instruction

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How often do you hold meetings or circle time each day in your classroom? I held meetings anytime I wanted my students’ complete and full attention. It’s different for every teacher and every classroom. Most days, my circle time was for my core subject whole group lessons. Being on the floor and away from desks avoided distractions for my kids. And it gave me an opportunity to really study my students and their reactions. My math meeting charts are a hit during circle time!

Easy to Set Up

There is no wrong way on how to use these charts in your room. I like to have a place on my whiteboard that is just for whole group lessons. My literacy and math charts go in this general area. If you have a room mom, this is the perfect way to get this set up for you. Once you download the file, just print, laminate and cut out. I like to use magnetic tape for each chart so they are sturdy on the whiteboard. Next, I add velcro dots to each card for that specific chart.

This resource is also easy to store! I use page protectors to store cards for each chart, and label each page protector using the included label cards. Just store in a binder and they will stay put! I like to have a bookcase next to my whiteboard so my whole group activities are easily accessible.

Exploring Numbers

These math charts cover five big skills in early elementary math that align with state standards. Exploring numbers is something I use the first several weeks of the school year. With this chart, you can introduce and review place value, number recognition and counting.


Next, is the Operations chart. Your learners will have a great visual on the foundations of operations-addition and subtraction. They will learn operation vocabulary and learn how to create addition and subtraction problems using pictures. With the resource laminated, you can use a dry erase marker on the cards for a quick clean up.


This chart is loaded with vocabulary words! Introduce length, weight, capacity, bigger, and smaller with this chart. Find things around the classroom to measure or weigh and compare those to other things around the room. Make a game of it and your class will love it!

Understanding Data

Data in Kindergarten? Absolutely! This is a great opportunity for your students to learn more about each other and collect data at the same time! They will learn to collect data and then chart it using the corresponding chart.

Problem Solving

Problem solving is something your students have done for a while, even if they don’t know it. And they will continue doing it for the rest of their lives. With this chart, you can model how to read word problems, show work and come up with an answer. This one takes lots of modeling, but the future teachers will thank you!

These math charts align perfectly with my Math Bundle. This bundle provides you a year’s worth of math lessons and activities to save you time!

Want to try out all five charts? You can download a sample just by clicking the download button below!

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