Math center...

Discussion in 'Kindergarten' started by kem, May 22, 2007.

1. kemCompanion

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Hello all of you kindergarten teachers! I am trying to brainstrom a list of possibible items/manipulatives to put in my kindergarten math center throughout the year. I am also looking for some creative ideas for morning meeting or calendar time. I feel like I do a lot with literacy, but that math is a little weak. Thanks for the help!!

3. mrs. makedonskyRookie

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Here are some of the math "tubs" I use...
Legos (patterning, building, shapes)
Pattern Blocks (spatial relations, colors, shapes)
Unifix cubes (counting, one to one correspondence, patterning, addition and subtraction)
Geoboards (shapes)
We also use theme counters (small erasers, toys, etc) to use with one to one, counting, patterning, addition, subtraction.

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Here's a link to my math center page: Vanna's Math Center there you can see pictures of my math center as well as a list and individual pictures of each item.

5. puff5655Cohort

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The "Everyday Mathematics" Curriculum is amazing, if you can find that!

Some of the centers I've seen from that are:

Food items from the kitchen area, labeled with prices (in cents) that children can match coins to (can also be used as a store game)

Shaving cream- writing numbers in it

Square tiles to play with and arrange (beginning multiplication skills)

Subtraction and addition with unifix cubes using various methods

Using a pair of dice and a dry/erase board to practice addition/subtraction (child rolls dice, adds or subtracts those numbers from one another on dry/erase board)

Using dry/erase board to write up to highest number you are able to (by the end of the year, most kids can do up to 100)

Peg boards with rubber bands for making shapes (by the end of the year some kids will even know rhombus and trapezoid!)

Making play dough (measurement)- this involves a lot of supervision- make sure to give each child a job so they don't have to wait

Hope this helps!

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