My students are 30 bright-eyed, energetic, 6 and 7-year-olds, from the south side of Chicago, who are eager to learn, explore, and have a place to belong. They are full of potential, but need the right tools to realize all of it.
They come from tough circumstances, but every day they come to school smiling and excited about what the day has in store.
Their smiles and perpetual optimism inspire me to work harder, make fewer excuses, and give them the good start they deserve in school.
Math centers is one of our favorite times of the day in first grade! Students love this hour because they get to rotate through all sorts of hands-on math activities, and I love it because I get to work with small groups of students and see real growth. In order to make sure this stays a favorite time of day, I am always looking for ways to make their independent center work engaging and accessible to their different academic abilities. One of the best ways I've found to do this is with puzzles.
The students have so much fun with math puzzles, they would do them all day if they could!
In order to make sure each group of students is not only having fun, but also practicing exactly the skills they need to be working on, we need to expand our puzzle library. The different puzzles in this project will allow some students to be working on counting to 20, while others are practicing place value, and still others are solving word problems or counting money. Everyone will be having fun and also getting the skill practice they need.
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