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I am thinking of trying math centers with my math class next semester. My class is so diverse I am finding my math is taking 2-3 days to cover one lesson due to the range of abilities. Does any one use math centers instead of direct whole class instruction? Any ideas to help get this started?


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I would also love to get some ideas to get started on math centers.
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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.

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great post! I am also interested in starting small math groups in a workshop style. I tried it out a couple of days and the students loved it. It is perfect for working with small groups and individual students on skills. I was thinking of doing leveled word problems, math facts practice, and a hands on skill based game. I need much more so I would love to hear some more ideas.
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How many centers do they get through in a day and how much time do you spend on them? Do they change each cycle?


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if you go to the north carolina dept of public instruction page and find their math instructional resources (I can't remember the exact web address) there are lots of resources for math games there
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I never remember this site because I have the resources in a book. Anyway, here's the link...Scroll down to Week by Week Essentials...


http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/mat...35_resou_1.php


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How often depends on the skill...Right now I'm teaching division and only able to meet with 1 of my groups a day. The rest of the class will only get thru 2 stations depending on the skill...

An easier skill, everyone will get through all stations. I usually have 5 stations going at a time.

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Thanks for the helpful posts everyone! I think I have a good start.
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Check out www.lauracandler.com. She has some great free ideas and some you can purchase also.
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