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Numbers to 10 Math Centers - Section 4: Practice

These days when technology is such a normal part of our everyday lives, it is sometimes easy to forget that some children do not have technology in their homes and may not have basic computer skills. I try to include some kind of technology in my centers as much as possible. I have been using the SMART Board a lot, but this week I brought in the LeapPads and computers as a center. Our kindergarten team purchased two LeapPads for each of our classrooms last year. It has been great since I only have two computers in my classroom. Using the combinations of LeapPads and computers as one center allows all of the students to have a piece of technology to use. I used the SMART Board to show the students how to play the game that they would be playing on the computers, and I focused more on making sure they knew how to use the LeapPads. I had the game already pulled up on the computers and when it came time to start centers, the two students that went to the computers went right over and got started. Unfortunately after just a few minutes it was clear that one of them had no idea what to do. He had was having a lot of trouble using the mouse and kept accidentally right clicking. He was getting very frustrated and quickly got upset. The other student was trying to help him, but he was already so frustrated that he did not even want to continue. I had him switch with one of the students on the LeapPads, and it worked out for this center time. This gave me some valuable information for the future. I need to take the time to evaluate my students' computer skills and teach them the basic skills that they need to play the educational games that we use in our classroom.

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# Numbers to 10 Math Centers

Lesson 1 of 19

## Objective: Students will be able to independently practice identifying and writing the numbers to ten.

#### Problem of the Day

*5 min*

I start the lesson with a problem of the day to help students review skills and concepts from prior lessons and develop their ability to problem solve. I call the students up to the carpet. The students find their spots while saying this chant with me.

*Criss cross, applesauce, hands in your lap, eyes on the teacher, you've got to show me that.*

I project the Problem of the Day on the SMARTBoard and say to students, "This is our Problem of the Day for today. This says 'Count the animals. Match the numerals to the correct group.'" I say, "This problem has two parts. What is the first thing it asks us to do?" *Count the animals. *I have a students come up with a pointer and count the dog, rabbits, mice, pigs and frogs. "Listen to the direction again. 'Count the animals. Match the numerals to the correct group.' What do we need to do next?" *Match the numerals to the correct group. *I call up students to do each one. The problem is set so that if the student makes a mistake, the numeral will bounce back to its spot.

If you don't have a SMARTBoard, the slides are included here as a pdf, and can be used instead in a variety of ways.

I tell students, *"Today we will be learning how to do new math centers. All of our centers this week will be about numbers 1 through 10. You will learn how to do all of the centers today and you will get a chance to work with your group on one of them."*

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#### Introducing Centers

*25 min*

I use math centers in my classroom as a way to reinforce the skills that are being taught. The math centers give students are chance to work independently or with their peers to complete a task. The students are not just learning and practicing number skills, they are also working on social skills including taking turns, sharing, and working cooperatively. Having students working in centers also allows me time to pull small groups of student to my table to work on skills specific to their needs.

I ask students, "What have we been doing when we finish a math paper each day?" Answers could include: *Put it in the basket, do our center, etc.* "When we finish our math papers this week, we are still going to clean up, put them in the basket, and get a math center, but this week there will be new centers to work on and they are in a new place!" I have the students turn and face the back of the classroom where our math centers used to be stored. "This is where our math centers used to be stored. We know that some of our friends have had trouble leaving them alone during the day, so I have moved them into draws like our literacy centers. You will still get the center that matches your table number. When you are finished, you will return your center to the draw instead of sitting it on the table."

I have the students move into a circle. I remind students to sit on the hard floor so that there is space for everyone. I bring up all of the center trays. I explain and model how to complete each center. This week's centers are:

Blocks with Numbered People (Use classroom materials- The wooden people I am using are discontinued, but any blocks and toy people can be used.)

Geoboard Numbers (MakingLearningFun.com)

Car Number Tracing (MakingLearningFun.com)

Pumpkin Patch Counting (Teacher Made)

Computer/LeapPads (SheppardSoftware.com)

Each center is explained in the video located in the next section.

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The set up and management of centers in general, as well as these specific centers, are described in these videos:

Blocks and Numbered People Center

Geoboard Numbers Center

Car Number Tracing Center

Pumpkin Patch Counting

Computer/LeapPads

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#### Practice

*20 min*

Once I have introduced all of the centers, I have the students go back to their seats. I remind students of our center rules. Students need to work quietly and stay at their seats. Materials need to remain on the table and be cleaned up quickly and quietly when the clean up song comes on. I call up one student from each table to come back and get their center. I circulate through the room to make sure that all of the centers are being done correctly. We have been doing centers for a while now, so I do feel I can leave the students working for awhile while I pull groups. I wait until all of the students are started and ensure that there are not any questions.

I only pull two groups, for 5 minutes each, today because I am extending clean up time today due to our new center format. We do a very quick practice with flashcards for the number 0 to 5 and practice writing them on white boards.

After about 10 minutes, I count down from 5 and say "Freeze." When I say this, all students stop what they are doing, put their hands on their heads and look at me. This is a procedure that we use throughout the day. I say to students, "You have about five minutes left. Remember when the clean up song comes on, you need to quietly put all of your materials back in your container and return it to the math center drawer. It needs to be in the drawer that matches your table number. I let the students work for five more minutes and then turn on Tidy Up by Dr. Jean. Students clean up and return to their seats. There are many wonderful transition songs to be found, for free, online if you'd like to use music for transitions too.

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- LESSON 1: Numbers to 10 Math Centers
- LESSON 2: What Are Numbers? Introducing 6 & 7
- LESSON 3: What Are Numbers? Practicing 6 & 7
- LESSON 4: What Are Numbers? Introducing 8
- LESSON 5: What Are Numbers? Practicing 8
- LESSON 6: How Do We Write Numerals? Writing 6, 7, & 8
- LESSON 7: How Do We Write Numerals? - Writing/Reviewing 6, 7, & 8
- LESSON 8: What Are Numbers? Introducing 9 & 10
- LESSON 9: What Are Numbers? Practicing 9 & 10
- LESSON 10: Math Centers - Reviewing Numbers to 10
- LESSON 11: How Do We Write Numerals? Writing 9 & 10
- LESSON 12: How Do We Write Numerals? - Writing/Reviewing 9 & 10
- LESSON 13: Comparing Numbers to 10
- LESSON 14: Comparing Numbers to 10 Review
- LESSON 15: Ordering Numbers 1 to 10
- LESSON 16: Ordering Numbers 1 to 10 Review
- LESSON 17: Using Numbers to Describe Positions - Ordinals
- LESSON 18: What Have We Learned? - Assessing Numbers to 10
- LESSON 19: Let's Count on the Polar Express!