How to make your own Guided Math Toolkits?


I love the Balanced Math framework which includes Spiral Review, Mental Math, Content Lesson, Guided Math, Centers, and Closure.  On last school year, I helped my school implement guided math toolkits for all teachers.  I have been getting many questions about how we use them and what’s included.  If you are looking to make your own guided math toolkits…..you are in the right spot!


Why and when would I need a guided math toolkit?
A guided math toolkit is very helpful when you are doing small group math lessons and rotations.  It is a way to have everything you need on hand and in a convenient place.  Our guided math toolkits consist of various math manipulatives depending upon the grade level.

What materials are needed to get started?
I will list the contents for each toolkit below by grade level.  Other than that…you will need a bucket and a label to put on the bucket.  I used the freebie labels from The Creative Classroom.  You can get them HERE!

Guided Math Toolkit Materials
120 Charts from Carson Dellosa

Counters from Lakeshore

Ten Frame Dice from Lakeshore

Pattern Block Dice from Oriental Trading

Foam Math Dice from Lakeshore

Ten Frame Flashcards from Lakeshore

Number Lines

Ten Frames from Lakeshore

Mini Dry Erase Clocks by Lakeshore

Dice within Dice from School Specialty

Pattern Blocks 

Place Value Blocks from Lakeshore

Fluency Flash Cards from Lakeshore


I hope these Guided Math Toolkit Ideas help make your guided math a breeze!
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3 comments

  1. Thank you for posting this. The grade two teacher and I (I teach grade one) started guided math back in January and this is really helpful for us!

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  2. This is wonderfully helpful! thank you!

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