Saturday, February 9, 2013

Saturday Centers

I hope you all had a GREAT week!  It was another busy one in my room!  I've been dealing with a lot of absences in my class.  I had 7 out on Monday, 5 out on Tuesday and 4 out on Wednesday.  It's really hard to move forward teaching new content when 1/3 of your class is absent!  I guess I will have to plan for a little more review time than normal. 

Here are my Math centers from last week:

We are working hard on learning how to use bundles to count.  This activity helps students to count on from a bundle.  I place teen number cards, rubber bands and craft sticks in the center.  Students choose a teen number card and count out that many sticks.  Then they have to bundle 10 sticks together then practice counting on to the given number.

Our district uses the Everyday Math Program. One of the features of this program are Activity Cards that focus on extending lessons.  This activity card focuses on exploration of coins.  I placed small pieces of paper, coins (real) and crayons in the center.  Students complete coin rubbings of each coin.  They absolutely love this activity and it helps them to identify and distinguish between coins. We will begin to focus a lot on coins in the upcoming weeks so I wanted to make sure we start to explore them in a fun way.

 I chose to leave the Geoboards in the Math Center for another rotation.  Some of my students are really struggling with teen numbers so I wanted to give some addition practice with this activity. Although it's not pictured, the cards also have teen numbers for the students to duplicate.

Stay tuned for a post this week showcasing our celebration of Dental Health and Chinese New Year!  Have a great weekend!



  1. I really like that idea of using craft sticks and rubber bands to create bundles. My kiddos could really benefit from this activity.

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. I'm glad! I am all about using inexpensive tools to help the kiddies! You can make this project for less than $2.00! Good luck!


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