12-25-2008, 05:53 PM
I teach 4th grade, and I do use math centers.
I give a pretest to guide my instruction, then form groups based on the results.
While I'm doing Guided Math, my other students are in centers. I try to have 5 centers based on the different math strands. Some of my centers are Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Problem Solving, Numeration, Measurement, Algebra, Accelerated Math and Study Island.
I've gotten a lot of my centers materails from lakeshore learning through writing grants from donorschoose.
To get started, use what you have. I know that some teachers have cross curriculum centers and others that solely focus on math. Some teachers base their centers on the current unit they're teaching, or from different math areas.
If you have computers in your classroom, use those as a center. I'm lucky to have 6 with Internet access, so I find interactive sites for my s tudents to do.
I also have a Smartboard which is what I use to do Guided Math.
When I started using centers, I just used the materials that I had. Since I also do Literacy centers, the transition to math centers was easy for my students.