{Week 2} BTS in a Flash! Curriculum Must Haves

Welcome back for our second week of the Back to School in a Flash blog linky series! I had a great time reading all of the posts last week about Teacher Faves. Click HERE if you missed it!

This week we are talking about Curriculum Must Haves! 

Curriculum is the perfect topic for this week because TpT is hosting their back to school sale and everything is discounted 20-28%!

Here are my must have products...

My first must have product is one that I made. I use a guided math format in my classroom. While I work with my small groups, my students complete different centers. One of the centers is independent work. This is a center where students show me what they can do on their own. I wanted students to be practicing skills that we have already covered in class. I didn't want it to be a boring worksheet. It needed to be hands-on. I wanted my independent center to change once per month, but to always have the same format. And that is how this series of math centers was started...

The back to school centers have 10 math centers that review skills that students should have learned in third grade. It is a good review and makes it easy for me to informally assess my new students. Students choose the order of the centers and they love to have some choice.

We will be spending a considerable amount of time working on writing about math during the year. Read more about that HERE but it is fun to see where they start at the beginning of the year.

Many of the centers include sorts and task cards. This makes the centers more hands-on and engaging for my students.

After I teach them the basic concepts for completing these centers, I will just change out the skill once a month. I won't waste time every month teaching student HOW to do centers. If student finish early, they will work on enrichment projects. 

I have been using the Distributive Doctor for three years! It is an exceptional product that allows students to use maninpulatives and pictures to practice breaking a multiplication fact into pieces. 

I like to increase student engagement by giving them all masks and craft sticks that I call scalpels. They have blast! The creativity helps to reenforce this tough concept. 

The product on my wish list that I am most excited to purchase is the Multiplication Stations by Shelley Gray. 

I love that these stations focus on strategies rather than speed and memorizations, You can read more about how I am using Shelley's addition station in my math centers by clicking on the picture below.

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