Friday, August 5, 2011

Math Centers

For my math centers, I use B.R.I.T.E. Spots as a management tool.

B centers focus on basic facts - addition, subtraction (multiplication, division in upper grades)
R centers focus on reviewing vocabulary - games like concentration where you match terms to their definitions or words to numerals.
I stands for Individualized Instruction. This is the meet the teacher time or guided math group
T centers focus on technology and tools- like using computer games, listening center math games, calculators, abacus, pattern blocks, etc.
E centers focus on Estimation and Problem Solving. games like focusing on key actions of problems or estimating what is in a jar, using manipulatives to solve word problems, etc.

I have 3 tubs for each letter B,R,T,E (B1, B2, B3, R1, R2, R3, T1,T2,T3, E1,E2,E3) for a total of 12 tubs.  I load these with games and activities. Center groups have 2 children in them.  We have a rotation chart with matching labels next to the center group names.  Since each group goes to only 1 center for the day, the games only have to be changed once every three weeks or more. 

Here are pictures of the BRITE Buckets.

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