Saturday, March 28, 2015

Math Center PHOTO Overload!!!!


Recently, I had a few followers ask about what my room and math centers look like.  I LOVE answering these types of questions.  However, this is also really hard to do when I have so many things going on at once.  So, I am going to answer this question by sharing several photos accompanied with brief {if I can keep them brief} descriptions.

A few things you must know about my centers before reading on:
  1.  These centers are all chosen based on the preferences of the students.
  2.  Each of these centers rotate on a regular basis (ex. by skill, weekly, or daily).
  3.  These centers are designed to compliment the varying levels of my Bubble Pages.


My centers are all prepared in advance and placed on this shelf.  Then, I instruct my "Center Managers" to put them in their proper places when it is time to begin math centers or collect them when we are done.  My Center Managers also do some of my prep work in the afternoons to ready them for the following day. 


I have a black couch in my classroom that we call the "Blogging Couch".  You can only sit on the couch if you are blogging.  At the beginning of the year, my students used my Math Journal prompts to write in their journals.  After Christmas, we began using KidBlog to do the same prompts.


At this center, students answer a prompt that directly targets the skill or topic that we are currently covering.  I have really loved seeing my students grow in both their mathematical understanding and their ability to express in writing what they are doing mathematically.


This is one of two weekly math centers that my students complete at the front carpet.  I try to find interactive activities or games that target the skill we are currently working on.  


I have recently began creating interactive printables for my Weekly Math centers.  My kids really seem to enjoy them.  Plus they are quick and effective ways for the kids to have additional practice on the current skill.  


Also on the front carpet, is the second Weekly Math center.  At this center, students will also practice the skill of that particular day or week.


Again, I try to keep them interactive and quick, yet effective.


My Word Problem center is by far the most difficult center and usually requires the help of one of my high school helpers.  I use two products here to make this function effectively.  The first product I use is The Teacher Studio's Common Core Word Problems Bundle.  This bundle has provided me with a new problem each day for this center and addresses fractions, mixed operations, multistep problems, and measurement.  I have them sequenced to provide students with repeated practice in each area.  I also use Runde's Room's Building Better Math Responses. It uses a color coded system (shown on the bulletin board) that my students use to work their way through each problem.  


My kids really enjoy color coding each problem.  It also helps to ensure that they make a plan and organize their work.  


My Math Computation center is geared for my lower students who just need repeated practice with basic computation of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  I generally use printables or task cards at this center just to keep things simple for both myself and the kids.


I've blogged about my I Can Games center before, but I can't leave it out of my photo collection!  My kids LOVE this center.  I allow them to pick the problems that they want to complete from the jar.  In order to satisfy their bubble page requirement, they must do them in increments of five.


I've also blogged about my Choice Board center but can't leave it out either!  This center is for my higher students, however my lower students really enjoy it and benefit from it as well.  Students choose various activities to complete based on their Bubble Page requirement.  My higher kids must complete more of these activities.  These are incredibly well written and stimulate student thinking.


1 comment:

  1. I can't find your interactive worksheets in TPT

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