I think that math centers are the best thing since sliced bread! If you have missed the first post in this series, you can click HERE to read all about why I think every classroom should use math centers and guided math groups!
Keep it Simple!
My Center Activities:
Meet the Teacher
Side Dishes: These projects are intended to be warm-up activities. They get students writing about the topic and exploring the math vocabulary.
Entree: These projects ask students to apply the skills they have learned to a real world math problem. These activities often require students to write about their problem solving strategy.
Dessert: These projects allow students to apply higher order thinking skills to create something that demonstrates their knowledge of the skill such as a game, poem, video, presentation, poster, etc.
I love my math center activities because they don’t change every week. Students will get a new unit in their independent center each month, but the activities are consistent from unit to unit. Students don’t need to be taught how to do the center every month.
I also love that I am not spending hours every week copying, cutting and printing! I prep my independent centers at the beginning of the year and don’t have prep throughout the school year!
I only have one center that I actually have to grade and that is only once per month! The other centers send me reports!
Finally, I love that almost every center is differentiated. The only center that is not automatically differentiated is the independent center. They can easily be differentiated by crossing off a few of the higher level activities for those learners who are not quite ready for the challenge.
Check out the next post in the series to see some center schedule plans and tips for fitting everything into your math center time.