Math Centers

 

Domino Math

       

Pocket Centers

Math Tubs

Math Text

 

Math Links & Ideas

  

  

 Primary Games

Differentiated Math

A Math Website that offers Differentiated Instruction
by varying the level of complexity.  Includes printable worksheets.

 Capture the Penguins

Mathwire.com

Students roll a set of dice to capture penguins based on coordinating points on a grid (Coordinate Geometry)

Math Hot-Dots

Math hot-dots are a great review tool. They can be purchased
from any teacher supply store or catalog. The Hot Dot math series includes
addition, subtraction, money, fractions, and time.

Math Practice - State Testing

Math hot-dots can be used to make your own math practice reviews.
In the pictures below, hot dots were used to create practice books
from the Georgia CRCT online test bank.  The CRCT is GA's annual state test.

 
Addition & Subtraction
Center Activities

 

Tile Cards

The School Bell

Students practice Number Families by using number  tiles to solve addition and subtraction problems

Partner Cards

The School Bell

Students practice Number Families by recording the partners for the number families they are studying.  

Laminate each
card for durability.  

Students record their work with either a fine-tip dry erase marker or use a permanent marker, which can be erased with 91% rubbing alcohol and paper towel.

Gameboards

The School Bell

Students practice Number Families by using a deck of cards and gameboards for each Number Family.

 

 
Money Center Activities

 

Clean Up the Money

Mathwire.com

Students roll a set of dice to capture coins based on coordinating points on a grid (Coordinate Geometry)

Trading Up

Mathwire.com

Students trade up coins until they reach a dollar


  

 

Activities Created
by Mrs. McDavid

High, Low, Three in a Row
High, Low Recording Sheet

Laying Down the Facts

 

Activities Found
on Teacher Websites

Playing Cards
Printable oversized playing cards from teachernet.com. 

The School Bell
Activities using playing cards to reinforce Number Families.  Includes printable gameboards, card mats for number families, and playing cards.

   

 

Activities Created
by Mrs. McDavid

Dominos are a great resource for creating math centers. The Dollar Tree has carried large foam dominos that are terrific for small hands. If these are not available in your area, use regular dominos or print the domino template.

For both activities listed below, the student selects two dominos and lines them up side by side in a vertical fashion. The student then counts the dots and records them on the recording sheet. 

Domino Math - Addition
Domino Math - Place Value

 

Activities Found
on Teacher Websites

Domino Template
Printable dominos. There are three pages. I also printed these and copied them onto a transparency to make overhead dominos. 

Domino Activities & Worksheets 
Printable activities using dominos for grades K-1.

 

Mrs. McDavid's Math Pockets

The Math Pockets listed below were created by Mrs. McDavid.  Each Math Pocket is created using a 9 x 12 Manila Envelope that has been laminated for durability.  Each envelope is sealed using a Velcro dot.  The prongs on the envelopes do not hold up.  A box of dots can be purchased at Wal-Mart for around $3.00.  Math Pockets are fantastic because they hold "all" the necessary materials in one place without items falling out.  I do not like File Folder Games because the pieces never stay together.  I have had great success with Math Pockets and the kids love them because they can move around to any area of the room with their Math Pocket. 

Fabulous
Fact Families

Fact Families

Created by
Karen McDavid

Students identify
fact families using a    cute house work mat and pre-programmed roofs  

Directions (PDF)
Fact Family Mat (PDF)
Fact Family Roofs (PDF)

Perfect
Placement

Place Value

Created by
Karen McDavid

Students use number cards to form the least and greatest 4-digit numbers (also need dice) 

Directions & Cards (PDF)
Place Value Mat (PDF)

Perfect
Pairs

Place Value

Created by
Karen McDavid

Students match the value of a number to its numeric equivalent.  Cards are printed on 4x6 index cards.  Simply place them  in the paper tray of      your inkjet printer. 

Directions (PDF)
Playing Cards (Word)

 

Mrs. McDavid's Math Tubs

Math Tubs are created so that students can easily access math materials for learning centers.  Math tubs can literally be a tub where materials are stored, can be a container such as a clear pencil box, or can be a collection of activities that are stored in individual zip-lock bags and then placed in a tub based on a skill.

All of the activities listed below were created by Karen McDavid.

 

 

Measurement

  

 

 

Addition Centers

Print each of the activities listed below and place them in a large gallon sized Zip-Lock Bag. Also provide extra copies of the recording sheets for each activity.

 

Going Up, Coming Down

Students solve practice
addition and subtraction
by playing a dice game 

Materials:
  Large Foam Die
Die Shaped Gift Bag
3x5 Index Cards
Notebook Paper

  

Directions:
  Place a set of die and the
Going Up, Going Down directions
in a die shaped gift bag.  

(These are Microsoft Word Files)

Directions


Two students play the game together. Each player starts at 100. With each roll of the die, students add/subtract their total from 100. Play continues until the player adding reaches 100 or the player subtracting reaches zero.

Flip for Addition

Students solve addition
problems by matching addition
facts with its corresponding answer. Play individually
or with a partner.

Materials:
  Construction Paper
Plastic Spatula

Directions:
  Cut construction paper circle and program them with addition facts and their corresponding answers. Place in a bag or cookie box and then place them in a center along with a plastic spatula. 

  

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Students solve addition word problems on each card and
record their work on the Teddy Pear's Picnic recording sheet 

Materials:
  Bear Shaped Gift Bag, 5x8 Index Cards, Loose Leaf Ring, Recording Sheet

Directions:
  Place the word problem cards on a loose-leaf ring binder. Then place the
problem cards and recording sheet in a teddy bear shaped gift bag.   

  Teddy Bear Word Problem Cards (MS Word)
Teddy Bear Recording Sheet (PDF)

     

Paper Bag Centers

Students solve addition fact problems on each card and
match it to is respective answer 

Materials:
  Teachin' Cheap Activity Book (it's awesome), gift bags or paper sacks, card stock

Directions:
  Place the gift bag/paper sack in a center along with the activity cards.
Students match adding facts to their respective answers.   

     

  

Subtraction Action

Print each of the activities listed below and place them in a large gallon sized Zip-Lock Bag. Also provide extra copies of the recording sheets for each activity.

 

Jellybean Math

Subtraction

Students solve and check subtraction
problems with and without regrouping 

Materials:
  Jellybean Shaped Easter Eggs

Directions:
  Place the strips containing the jellybean subtraction problems inside the jellybean shaped eggs and place in a center along with the recording sheet. If desired, include a book about jellybeans. 

Jelly Bean Math (PDF)


 
During Easter look for
jellybean eggs
at your local Dollar Tree.

 

 

  

Take My Order

Pick up kid menus or regular menus from local restaurants and place them in a tub along with the home-made order forms and directions.  Students take turns taking each others orders and then add up the totals.  Students may use a calculator if the math becomes too difficult to add. 

Order Pad Directions
Pre-cut copy paper in 5x7 squares (about 20 sheets)  and load them in an ink-jet printer.  Print the order forms.  Then cut a piece of card stock into 5x7 squares and print the cover.  Bind the materials with a comb or loose-leaf ring.   

  


(These are Microsoft Word Files)

Directions
Take My Order "Order Pad"
Take My Order "Order Pad Cover"

How Much is the Doggy in the Window

Students identify the value of the coins and then use a Hot Dot Pen to self-check.
 

Materials:
  Card Stock
Hot Dots
Hot Dot Pens
Coin Stickers

 

Directions:
  Place coin stickers on the doggy's tummy and then laminate for durability. Place hot dots in front of the coin values. Do not laminate the hot dots (do not laminate the dots it makes them all turn into cold dots)

  Doggy Cards - 1 (PDF)
Doggy Cards - 2 (PDF)

How Much Money is in the Bank

Students identify the value of the coins and then use a Hot Dot Pen to self-check 

Materials:
  Hot Dots and Coin Stickers

Directions:
  Place coin stickers on the pig's tummy and then laminate for durability.
Place hot dots in front of the coin values. Do not laminate the hot dots
(it makes them all turn into cold dots) 

  Piggy Bank Cards - 1 (PDF)
Piggy Bank Cards - 2 (PDF)

     

A Birthday Surprise

Students use circular ads to
plan a birthday party for a friend 

Materials:
 Circular Ads and a Gift Bag

Directions:
  Place circular ads from
party stores and grocery stores
in a gift bag along with 
the directions card 
(print on a 5x7 index card) 

   

Directions (Word)

 

Count & Compare

Students use circular ads to
plan a birthday party for a friend 

Materials:
 Basket, Film Canisters, Coin
Manipulatives, Card Stock

Directions:
  Visit your local drug stores and request their old film canisters. Some people still use traditional film over digital. Place a sticker on the top of each canister with a designated number.  Place coin manipulatives inside each canister and then place the canisters in a basket along with directions and several copies of the recording sheet.

   

Directions (Word 5x7)
Recording Sheet

 

 

Fraction Envelopes

Students identify parts of a whole 
using hot dots and fun stickers 

Materials:
  Envelopes, Hot Dots,
Hot Dot Pens, Index Cards

Directions:
  Cut away the flap of ten envelopes and then bind them together with a comb (see picture at the right). Place fun stickers in a pattern on the index cards. At the bottom of the card, list three choices for parts of a whole. Laminate for durability. Then apply hot dots. Place the cards inside the envelopes.


 Fraction Envelope (Template)

 

 

 

Fact Finders

Students solve and check division
by using manipulatives 

Materials:
  4x6 Index Cards, Hot Dots,
Hot Dot Pens, Counting Manipulatives

Directions:
  Print the word problem cards on 4x6
index cards, laminate, then add hot dots.
Do not laminate the hot dots
(it makes them all turn to cold dots).

Place a set of hot dot pens and the 
activity cards in a tub, basket, or bag
and then place them in a center. 



 Fact Finder - Set 1 - (MS Word)
Fact Finder - Set 2 - (MS Word)
Fact Finder - Set 3 - (MS Word)
Fact Finder - Set 4 - (MS Word)

  

        

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