Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Math Centers

I am looking for new ideas and concepts for math centers.  I started math centers last year and loved them.  They consisted of 5 tubs (purchased at Dollar Tree).  Inside the tub was everything the students would need to complete the center.  On the outside a put Velcro with group numbers- this way I could switch the group number easily each day.  Some days, I would pull and work with groups, other days I would work with individual students.  I got many of my management ideas from Kim Adsit.  You can click here and read about how her centers are ran.  I changed mine some to meet my needs in the classroom.  I found that teaching my new math centers or playing the math game as a whole group before we started was very helpful.  We usually went over all the centers at our circle area together for the first few months.  Once you establish the rules and expectations math centers are great!  Here is an example of the types of math centers I use in my classroom:

I was looking for more math centers on all of the shapes we are to cover in kindergarten with the common core.  I found these great posters on TPT for free!  They are from Intentional Momma. Click  on her picture below to link to her TPT store to print it!
You can print them smaller if you click to print multiple pages her sheet on your printing options before you click to print.  I would like them smaller (2 per page- you could even make 4 per page).  I will then gather objects around the room that are these shapes and have the students sort them.  You could also have them go around the room and find these shapes in the classroom and sort them.
I have created some simple numbers for on your math tubs.  I got the borders at my cute graphics you can click here to see all of their free borders.  Click the picture below to download the numbers for your math tubs:
I also make a lot of roll and cover games.  They are easy to make and fun for kids because they can be played many different ways.  You can start with all of the pictures covered and then have the students roll the dice and take off that many objects, you can play the opposite way where you roll the dice and put objects over the pictures.  You could also roll two dice.  I also do add and covers or roll and cover for addition or number recognition practice.  The documents below are examples.  They are some of my first TPT creations- they are all little crude- but this kids don't seem to mine!
There are other games like these at my TPT store.


1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to try these this year! Where did you get your labels for the tubs? I purchased my tubs, but now I need labels :)