Math Center Idead
01012008, 01:48 PM


I have just returned to teaching from administration, so I am a little rusty. My students loved using foam dice.(They are quieter than the hard ones.) These work best with no more than four students. These games could also be played with a deck of cards.
Place Value  roll the die and place the number shown on a premade mat in the ones, tens, hundreds column, etc. Students can work collectively to create the largest number or the smallest.
Addition/Subtraction  roll the die twice, then add or subtract the numbers.
Patterns for even/odd
Since you have tiles they could be used as units of non standard measure and compared to incles, cm
Golden Apple/Rotten Apple  Two people. I demonstrated this on the overhead with one student before the students played the game in centers. You use 9 colored pieces (8 red and 1 yellow). The object is to get the golden apple (yellow piece). At their turn students can remove 1, 2, or up to 3 pieces. This is a great game for problem solving and thnking. You can also play in reverse  Rotten Apple; and you don't want to be the one with the yellow piece.
These are a few things off the top of my head. I hope they help. Don't you just love first graders; they say the funniest things.
