I teach in a title 1 school in Oakland, CA in heart of Chinatown, where 71% of my students are English language learners, speaking a variety of languages. My students come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hispanic, Iranian and Filipino and African American, to name a few 80% of my students qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program. My students come into class everyday eager to learn. My students love working together to solve problems, finish projects and build our classroom community as kind, caring individuals and community members.
Math can be such a fun learning experience but who wants to do worksheets when you can solidfy concepts and build on skills using math manipulatives like counters and spinners and math games?
Math centers can help students learn math concepts in a hands-on and collaborative way.
My students need laminated center cards and math manipulatives and materials to make these centers and everyday part of our math curriculum and to boost their understanding of common core math standards.
We will use the laminator to help the center cards last as well as to label the bins. The spinners will be used to boost specific math games; the colored paper will be used as consumables and as color coding for the math centers. We will use many of the manipulatives, like the 3-D shapes, buttons, counters, clothespins, pattern blocks, play doh, etc to build some new math centers. And, of course, we need to store these centers, so we will use the sterlite bins and caddies to organize the centers for quick and easy access!
Students will have specific centers that correspond with our math units. Each center will be taught explicity and then students will be able to use daily with a partner or in a small group to review and build on math skills and concepts.
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