Do you use math centers or small math groups in your room? I have been using them for 5 years, and I don't think I could teach Math without them. I love teaching with math centers, and my students cheer when they know it is Math Center day. To read more about how I structure my math time, click here.
In order to use Math Centers effectively, you have to have a good organization system to organize the games and task cards. I like to have mine set up from the start of the year, so I can just pull what I need as the year goes on. Here are some tips I have for how to effectively organize and store your math centers for optimal use:
1. Store all of your materials in labeled tubs or bins.
I use the three drawer sterilite bins from Walmart. I store them under the markerboard in my room for easy access. The students, as well as me, go in and out of them on a regular basis. Having them front and center in the room makes it so easy to use.
2. Store centers by domain or by skill.
I have my drawers labeled by Common Core Domain and then a 6th drawer labeled Seasonal Centers, where I store all of my holiday math centers and test prep centers. As you can see from the image, I have each item in the drawers labeled by standard.
3. Store task cards in labeled containers or photo albums.
I actually use both labeled containers and photo albums to store my task cards. I use the photo albums primarily for independent practice or partner work. The other plastic containers (Ziploc bags would work just fine, but I snagged these at Office Depot last summer.) contain an additional set of task cards that I use when small groups are working on the skill.
4. Store "larger" center materials in gallon bags or other containers.
I bought these plastic containers (similar to my smaller ones from Tip 3) at Office Depot as well. They are perfect to store my Roll and Answer Math Centers. You can read more about those by clicking here. I use gallon bags to store other larger math centers like my Halloween Math Centers seen in the image above.
This system is by far my favorite one that I have used over the years. This upcoming year will be my second year using it, and I am not changing a thing about it.
Those are the Back to School Tips....now on to the Giveaways!
I will be giving away two $25 Gift Certificate to TeachersPayTeachers.com!
Your entries on this rafflecopter also qualify you for Grand Prize Package where one winner will win nearly $300 worth of intermediate resources for Back to School. I am contributing my Roll and Answer Math Centers complete collection for 4th or 5th grade (winner's choice) to the Grand Prize Package!
When you enter the rafflecopter above, you are also entering to win this Grand Prize! Check out the Grand Prize Package by clicking on the links in the below image.
Here is some more important giveaway information:
- I will be drawing three names on my rafflecopter. Two winners will each win $25 TpT Gift Certificates. The 3rd person will be entered in the drawing to win the Grand Prize Package.
- The giveaway ends August 2, 2014.
- Winners will be announced on the blog and by email.
- GOOD LUCK!
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