How do math centers look in your classroom? Ideally, it’s a time for students to work independently on a differentiated task while the teacher is working with students in a small group setting. Of course, there is a lot more to it such as student questions, accountability, organization, flexible groupings, guided support, and so much more. This post is your one stop shop linking you to all the best Lucky Little Learner tips and tricks so math centers run efficiently and effectively in your classroom.
The key when planning your 2nd grade math schedule is to keep procedures and time consistent from day to day. This way students know what to expect whether you’re there or a sub is there in your place. Also, if the flow is predictable, kids can spend their energy on learning math concepts instead of new routines.
Check out our 2nd Grade Math Schedule post for a walk-through of the components of a sample 2nd grade math block.
HOW TO LAUNCH
Whether you are launching math centers at the beginning of the school year or even mid-year, it is essential that you go through the necessary steps to lay the foundation for the successful management of math center time. Read all about how veteran teachers make launching and management stress free in our 2nd Grade Math Centers: Launching & Management post.
Be sure to take a look at our Free 2nd Grade Math Centers and Launch Kit post too so you can grab some freebies to get up and running!
HOW TO SET UP
Math centers setup is a very important piece of a successful math centers time. Questions to consider are: Does everything have an intentional place for organization? Do I have the right materials and containers? Can students independently access the materials they need? We’ve got some pointers to set your mind at ease in our How to Set Up Math Centers post.
If you’re interested in how to set up your entire classroom, head over to the Second Grade Classroom Set Up post. Classroom photos included!
HOW TO ORGANIZE
Teaching math in the primary grades involves a lot of math tools and papers, especially in our centers. So how do we organize our math centers? The key to effective center planning is top-notch math center organization of all your materials.
Whether you’re organizing math centers or manipulatives we at Lucky Little Learners want you to be able to flow through your math centers with ease! All our best tips for centers organization live right here in this post called “How to Organize Math Centers“.
Flexible grouping is a great way to set up for math centers. What this means is that once a student has been placed in a group, this does not determine their ability level in math for the rest of the year. In fact, as teachers look at data, students will move around regularly based on the skill being studied.
Read our Flexible Grouping in Math post to find out the many advantages of grouping students in this way!
CENTER ACTIVITIES & DIFFERENTIATION
Math centers are a very important part of the math block but you must have enough math center activities to keep your students engaged all year. The math center activities should be fairly independent and it’s ideal if they are hands-on, engaging, and self-correcting when possible.
You’ll love our Math Centers Activities post – jam-PACKED with fun and worthwhile center activities for your students! You know we love a good freebie, so to get you started with math centers, check out this free Math Center download!
LLL Math Centers Resources
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Center Games & Activities
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