Happy Monday, friends! This year I have really been trying to strengthen my math centers with more use of manipulatives. I'll be honest and say that I cringe when the manipulatives are brought out:
"Johnny, please stop playing with the blocks. They are not guns!"
"Sally, please stop making a flower with the pattern blocks."
The redirections go on and on and on.
I am sure you can relate!
I took them out and my kids used them. My lesson might've taken longer but they got the concept.
So, this year, our district has pushed (strongly encouraged) math centers this year. I came up with my version of a rotational schedule:
There are many versions of this. I cannot claim credit for this as I saw this presented to me in a workshop. I adjusted and made it to suit my classroom needs.
The favorite center in my classroom is the Hands on Learning Center. Here is where my kids get down and dirty with the standards and some fun games and manipulatives. Today I wanted to share with you some fun finds I used!
You all know I LOVE Target! I do not go to Wally World unless something major happened and I have no other choice! So I was shopping at Target Dollar Spot and saw some cute candy corn erasers, spider and bat rings, acorns.. and BOOM! My hands-on math centers were created! Look how much fun they had learning!
** I bought these after I did my centers. They were much cuter than the ones I had bought.**
These centers were sooo easy to set up! And yes! I have the same math pages I used to go along with them. We are working on addition and subtraction word problems. These sheets are also great to teach with my Math Strategy posters. We have been working on counting on, acting it out, and drawing a picture. They used the posters and key rings to help them with these.
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I know that using these fun little items in Math has greatly amped their enthusiasm! Hope you all can find these tools as useful as I have!
Have a great week!