Reflection: Routines and Procedures Math Centers: 1 to 5 & Sorting Review - Section 2: Introduce Math Centers


It may seem repetitive and time consuming to take one day every other week and dedicate it to setting up centers, but I have found that if you take the time, it is extremely beneficial throughout the week.  On my first day of new centers, I make sure that I clearly explain and model how to do each center.  I then move from group to group and work with each table.  While I am looking at the students' ability to complete the tasks and work together, I am also looking at the center materials and how they are working as tools for the students to complete the task.  Even centers that I have done in the past sometimes need to be tweaked to work for each group of students.  This week for example, I needed to make some changes to my Sorting by Size and Counting Bears center.  When creating this center, I was using a marker to write the numbers on the work mats.  The marker stopped working.  I grabbed a different marker and continued to write the numbers on.  The students were trying to sort the bears by color, size and number.  This did not work because most of the mats were written with a blue marker (before it stopped working) and I do not have that many blue bears!  I told the students not to worry about the color and then went back and traced over all of the sheets with a black marker after school to prevent that from being a problem in the future. 

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Math Centers: 1 to 5 & Sorting Review

Unit 2: Numbers 0-5
Lesson 1 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to independently identify and write numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 within this sorting review.

Big Idea: In order to pull small groups during math instruction, the rest of the students need engaging activities that they can complete independently. These centers allow students to practice identifying, writitng and counting number 1 to 5 as well as sorting.

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