Math Centers
12162011, 09:38 PM


Seems Common Core is what is going to drive the Nation in Reading and Math. I do Math Workshop. Mini Lesson, must do for everyone, three Centers (Math Facts practice, At your seat Pocket Folder Activity/Center, Teacher's Choice, Handson: MATH). Twentyfour kids, three groups, rotation on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Tuesday and Thursday for "other" math activities. Got the basic idea from the net. During Teacher's Choice I can pull students individually or in groups from any of the areas  usually Math Facts or Handson. Don't know what you are using right now in the way of a math text. If you've been teaching for a while you already probably know the scope and sequence routine. Just get to know the CC Standards really well and you will be fine.
The activities I've used are from a booklet I bought. I do not laminate envelopes  too expensive. I use pocket folders with instructions laminated and on the left side. The activities are on the right side. These are NOT to teach, but to reinforce concepts already taught. I try to use color as much as possible, make things handson, and let the kids color what they have completed. Check the net for free center ideas  there are lots out there. Debbie Diller is okay, but too much time and work for cutsy things that are good, but I don't have that much time or extra money. Put the ideas into the four areas of the CC. The way I have mine set up will permit me to go for nine weeks before I need to change the Pocket Folder Activity/Center.
Use what you have already  counters, play money, unifix cubes, base tens blocks, clocks, calculators, cards, dice, pattern blocks, mirrors, tile, etc. I use snack bags a lot and library pockets. The pockets can be bought from educational supply places and are fairly inexpensive and come in huge batches. For many activites I have a genric one size fits all recordng sheet. I do require that sheet to be turned in to me. If anyone abuses the center time, they go and do seatwork. Not much fun then.
I think you will find the CC to be good for our teaching, after all we have been teaching what they came up with all along.
