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Posted by:mina #89385

I love having math centers in my room, but it has taken me a while to catch on that there needs to be actual "work" going on. I used to just put out the materials and let them make patterns, play with pattern blocks, finish number sentences, etc., but they really need to have an assignment. I have 5 centers a week, one for each day. When you complete one, you can have free centers. One math center is always a journal. I have a math question or problem typed up that they glue into their journal, date it, then answer it...showing me how they solved the problem. Those who don't write very well still have to draw a picture and be able to explain it to me. Another center will be related to our current unit...for example, time and money. They may have to stamp clock faces on a...

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Math Centers
Posted by:Anne #92081

I only do math centers one week each month. I always have a stamp - a- coin center. I have a wksh divided into 4 parts with a coin value. At first we did 4 different coin amounts--remember not to need too many pennies as they have to wait so long. Later we do two different ways to make the same amount of money. Now we can figure change from a dollar and use Walgrren ads to pick our item to buy--This was after I did the Alexander I was rich last Sunday work.
I also have a clock center. I let them stamp the clocks. I have the same 4 divided papers with digital time or sometimes we make a book. They have gotten so fast with this now they have to pick some times I have cut up into a bowl and glue them before they stamp the clock.
I usually...

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I have math centers.
Posted by:april atkins #88344

I do math centers 4 days a week in my classroom. I have 8 centers that are in tubs so it is easy storage. Each day the children visit 2 centers and my math table. I started doing math centers because this year we adopted a horrible math book. Math had become HARD and BORING for the students and ME! I spent a good 2 weeks teaching how to do the centers and all the procedures. That is key!!!!!!! My centers are very easy to set up and maintain. My centers are computers, addition, subtraction, time, problem of the day and Bingo, money, Skill review with Facts of Life game and one that rotates activities. I was write math stories at first now it is a Telling Time board game because we are on Telling Time Unit. It doesn't take much up keep at all! My kids tell me all the time "Thank...

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Math Centers
Posted by:Amanda K #10874

I have had a great deal of success in math this year, and I attribute it all to my math centers. While most of the class is in centers, I teach a new concept to a small group at my kidney table. I never teach anything new to my kids in math unless I am doing it in small group.

I use all kinds of centers, like pattern blocks, Unifix cubes, measuring, Marcy Cook, etc. There is a great book called Math Their Way that has a lot of great ideas. It's a bit expensive, but worth it. I don't actually own it, but we have a first grade teacher in our district who gives a math seminar, and all the ideas from that seminar were from that book. One center that, surprisingly, is the most popular with my kids is Flash Cards. I made my own math fact flashcards out...

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math tubs
Posted by:L.P. #28754

I teach K and I use math tubs for when the students are done with their regular work or as a filler. The kids know they can get one when they are done. I have jars of small manipulatives (small plastic dinos, plastic sea creatures, insects, those flat marbles available in craft stores, etc.) to sort, count, and make patterns with. I keep cups and sorting trays by them. I also have dominos and memory cards in jars and the original boxes, for them to play with a friend or by themselves. In bigger tubs are the regular cubes, pattern blocks, and large flat geometric shapes that fit together like a puzzle. These are quiet and seem to be popular. I keep picture cards with the pattern blocks and patterning cards in the cube bin for them to use to make things with. I also keep my Judy...

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Guided Math
Posted by:sjbohio #119469

I do guided math three days a week. I have three groups I work with over a 90 minute period. I always do a small mini-lesson with the whole group before going into small groups. One group works with me, one group is playing with math games, and the third group is working on skill pages.

I pretest my students before starting new concepts so I have an idea of how to individualize my instruction. The games I use are ones I've made that relate to the skills we're currently working on or ones that we've just covered. The worksheets come from our math series and other sources I have pulled together.

At the end of the math period we review what's been taught that day. I usually hit math vocabulary pretty hard with the whole group because that's what trips them up on the state...

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Simple Math Centers
Posted by:Stacy R #82625

I have tubs that contain dice and playing cards. The students are to make equations using these. For example, if they roll a 5 & 6, they make the equation 5+6=11, 6-5=11, 6*5=30, etc. They have to write down what they come up with.

I also have some file folder games, which the kids love.

I am a first year teacher, but so far the kids like them. I hope this helps.

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Fun Math Games
Posted by:Caitlin #29586

Here are a couple of my students favorite math games:

1. Wild West Addition/Subtraction: You need a deck of cards, with all the face cards taken out. Two students go up in front of the class and stand back-to-back. You put a card on each students forehead (without them seeing the card). Then the students take three steps away from each other and turn and face the class. The whole class then looks at the sum or difference of the two cards that are on the students' foreheads and tell them the sum or difference. Then, using the sum or difference, and looking at the card on the other person's forehead, they have to figure out the card on their forehead. Whoever shouts out the correct answer first wins that round. Play again and again. This can be done with multiplication...

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Math games
Posted by:Ally #62893

I use cards to play math games like the above poster and dice too...for example, Two Dice Addition...Three Dice Addition...Two Dice Subtraction...then add a third die and make it add two then subtract the third (I make grids the kids fill in to "win" so the dice games have an end to them) Once these games get too easy, I add those many sided dice so they can try again with larger numbers.

You could try the "Box Cars and One Eyed Jackas" books...they have a ton of math games that reinforce math facts. My students find playing games much more enjoyable than only drills...of course there are the kids that LOVE drill practice too. I do a variation of that is called "Random Numbers"...I have a column of ten boxes and then give the students...

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FIle folder games
Posted by:Ally #66201

File folder games are generally cheap to make...Math Quest (the teacher's guide) has a lot of ideas for different math file folder games.

I make math games using those new Ziploc boxes. I have made two dice addition, three dice addition, two dice subtraction...I put the dice in the box, along with photocopies of a graph that the students record their answers on, plus a small stub of a pencil.

I also have bought erase off books and a set of white board pens. I take the books apart at the staples, so instead of one book, I have five or six, four sided pages...that way several kids can work at this centre at one time and they can exchange the pages as they finish with them.

Garage sales are a great place to pick up cheap games, puzzles and card games (you just have to...

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math facts
Posted by:Joan #46352

Asking parents to use flashcards at home to help their children master the facts is probably useless, as it will be drudgery for both parent and child. I know some students have been helped by those multiplication table songs. Perhaps you could send a tape (cheap to make a copy) home with a child and ask parents to see that he listens to it nightly. I teach fifth grade and have found that games are best for those who have trouble memorizing facts. There are many games using playing cards and dice. Here are a few I use:

#1-This is played by two people with a deck of cards with the jokers and face cards removed (or jack = 11 and queen = 12). Shuffle the deck and deal them all out face down. Each player flips over a card from his or her pile. The...

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math games--unifix cubes
Posted by:Jessica #63079

How about using math games that require counting objects? Last week, we played 2 games that make the kids count unifix cubes. Both games are from a book called Developing Number Sense using Unifix Cubes.

Game 1--Race to Make a Staircase
Object of the game is to build a staircase. (1 tower of 1 unifix cube, a tower of 2, a tower of 3, ...until a tower of 6. You stand them next to eachother so they look like stairs. This is a partner game. Player 1 rolls the dice and builds a tower of that many cubes. Player 2 does the same. They keep going until someone comletes a staircase of 6. If a player rolls a number they already have, they lose that turn.

Game 2--Race to Make 30. Similar object--using unifix cubes, make a long tower of 30. Each player rolls the dice and adds that number of cubes to the tower. This tower...

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