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Centering on Math Success
My students need 4 different math games and activities to give them independent practice in the areas of multiplication, rounding, geometry, and measurement.
I am a third grade teacher to a wonderful bunch of students. They surprise me every day with their creativity and thoughtfulness. I want to provide them with safe learning environment where they are challenged and given many opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge. This is especially important for those students who are not given these opportunities in their lives outside of school.
In the subject of math, practice makes perfect. If students are not given opportunities to continually practice math strategies and skills, they often forget them altogether. Several weeks after finishing a unit on geometry, it is not uncommon to be met with blank stares after asking a question about the attributes of a square. Even though they knew the information three weeks ago, if it hasn't been practiced since then it is not very easy to recall.
To help my students practice the skills and strategies during and after a math unit, I use math centers. Each center has materials for about four students at a time to play a game, use manipulatives, or write about their math thinking. While my students are at a math center, I work with small groups to target skills.
Using math centers works for many reasons. For one, students think it is fun. They are willing to work on difficult skills if they think it is a game. Also, it allows students to work on different skills each day. This helps refresh their memories when it comes to previously taught lessons.
Finding materials that are engaging and interesting for my students to use in a math center is sometimes difficult. If the center is too difficult or uninteresting, students are more likely to disturb others or not complete their work. I would like to have a variety of games and activities that can be used during our math centers on a rotating basis throughout the year. Something they practice in September can be taken out again in December.
Each of the materials I have selected provides practice with a different area of mathematics. Some of them are games to played with a partner. Others provide manipulatives and directions for using them independently. All of them will be fun and will target necessary math skills.
Your help will ensure that my students are "centered" on success in math. By providing a chance to practice math skills in a fun way you are giving my students the learning opportunities they need to be successful in school and life.
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