I am a 1st grade teacher and I would like to have our monring activty become Math Centers. I thought this would be a fun way to start off the morning and get more Math in during the day. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have children who could probably do lower level 2nd grade Math so I want to make sure the centers can be modified for them. Is there any books that are cheap that have ideas?

How many centers do you want? You could have the kids do an addition, subtraction, fractions (if they have learned these), geometry, patterns, money etc...you could just dominoes for the addition or subtraction. YOu could get some lima beans spray one side red and the other white. They kids can shake the beans and drop them...and make an addition sentence with them. My class loves this activity. Don't know if I helped but good luck

I'm starting to do Math Centers in our morning too, so I have some ideas to share. 1-Self-Checking Worksheet- I just typed up some addition problems (could have probably just xeroxed a worksheet), put the answers on the back (this took some thought to get them in the right spot!) and laminated it. Cut a circle below each problem (I scrapbook and have an awesome circle cutting system!) and when the answer is written in the circle, flip the sheet over and see if the answers match. 2- Pattern blocks- I found a big teacher resource book full of shapes to make with pattern blocks. I copied and laminated a few of these. 3- Domino +/- - I also found a resource with outlines of dominoes and a # written underneath. If the number is 6, Students could use 2-4, 10-4, 3-3, etc. The book also had a some "snakes" made with domino outlines. I programmed a couple of these with big numbers and the students have to try to fill in the snake and make it match the number. 4- Egg Carton Math- Put #s in the bottom of an egg carton and put 2 lima beans/erasers etc. in the carton. Shake it, open it and add/subtract the numbers that the markers are on. 5- Clock Matching & Coin Matching- 2 centers but basically the same set up- I cut the fronts off of some empty cereal boxes and then cut them into smaller pieces- 2 columns and however many rows you'd like. For the clocks, I programmed clocks with different times, and write the digital version on the other column. The students match them and put them in order (or have them match pieces to an un-cut column), flip the pieces over. If the cereal box looks right, they did it all right. If not, they should try again. Same with the money, only I glued punch-out coins on one side and wrote the amount of cents on the other. 6- Number Puzzles- I also found a book that had a bunch of number puzzles in it. A bubble version of the number is the puzzle board and then the pieces are cut from the same shape. On each piece it says things like "6+4= ___" or shows a picture of 12 balloons. The students do the math and put the puzzles together. I have some other ideas that I'm going to work on soon- like some file folder games (so much coloring!) and a measuring box with rulers, tape measure and unconventional measuring things and a list of things to measure.

That's a great idea for the morning. Here are some I have just implemented to support measurement, time and money: 1. you have them measure different lengths of colored string using cubes and record their answers. 2. draw 6 items eg. pencil, scissors, book, perimeter of desk etc., estimate the length, then measure the real things accurately with an inch ruler, record answers. 3. put pennies, nickles and dimes into a baggie (I use 4 in my center, one for each child in a group), the child sorts through them, records how many of each, and gives value eg. 4 dimes=40cents. 4. draw 3 pictures representing what they do when they get up, during the day and at night, paste onto another sheet and label 1-2-3 (sequencing), add clocks to record the hour. I make my own recording sheets. Hope this helps.

These are awesome ideas. Thanks! Keep them comming, I am writing them down and I am going to try and put all of these ideas together during Winter Break.

For a quick, cheap math center I stack 5 foam cups and write math problems + or - on the rims. Then I take the cups apart and the kids have to restack them. They have to get the cups lined up just right for all of the problems to be correct. Put 2 or 3 numbers on the 1st cup and add or subtract signs on the 2nd cup. Write the next set of numbers on the 3rd cup and = signs on the 4th cup. Put answers on the 5th cup. It may sound confusing but it only takes 5 min. or less to do.

Here are some file folder sites.... File_Folder_Game_Printables-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Send a message ask to join and you will get a quick answer back “Welcome as a member” It is real active right now. KS6264@aol.com You send a request asking to join Friends File Folder group and tell why you want to join. (home school, teacher and etc.) nothing fast in reply and she wrote once if you don’t get an answer and invited send another request. After getting to be a member check to get file folder games by e-mail, because yahoo won’t let her store them on the site anymore. Also go to files. Connie Roberts her first file is empty go to the second one and click on the first column. Takes some time I almost gave up before it got loaded There are 80 plus file folder files here ready to copy. http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/filefolders.html At this site you will find 38 file folder games. www.enchantedlearning.com in search put file folder games www.preschoolprintables.com http://www.ourschoolfamily.com/Literacy Props.htm http://www.littlegiraffes.com/storyprops1.html http://www.state.ar.us/childcare/coloring.html http://www.childcareland.com/filefoldergames.html http://www.education.com/common/res...h/971006km.html http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec...ard/Matrix.html http://www.nuttinbutkids.com/filefolder.htm http://www.enchantedlearning.com/filefoldergames/ http://kootweb.com/games.html http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/games.html http://www.preschoolprintables.com/...ilefolder.shtml http://www.teachingheart.net/primar...rtimesaver.html http://daycare.about.com/cs/printablegames/index.htm http://www.webeans.net/hutt/ffgames.htm http://208.183.128.3/tutorials/gameboard.htm www.teachersdesk.org It is designed for grades 5/6 but all the activities can be adapted for other grades. There are tons of ideas for file folder games (though they aren't labeled as such) and portable centers. I just browsed through the spelling activities and games and they are great. Lots of things you can copy to Word and print out.

Sorry! It is so simple to do but so difficult to explain! I will try again. I can't remember where I got this idea. Stack 5 styrofoam cups and they will have 5 little rims together at the top. Write a math fact on them like this. 1st cup 2nd cup 3rd cup 4th cup 5th cup 5 + 2 = 7 You can put several problems around the cups if you turn the stack. Take them apart and put them in a center. The kids have to stack them just right to make the problems and answers match up. If I can figure out where I got this idea I will share it. I'm sure it was explained better to me.