# Math Centers - Graphing and Review

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## Objective

Students will be able to independently practice graphing, teen numbers, and shapes.

#### 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 a variety of math skills including graphing.

## Problem of the Day

5 minutes

I start each math lesson with a Problem of the Day.  I use the procedures outlined here on Problem of the Day Procedures.

Today's Problem of the Day:

Order these numbers.

On the Notebook file, I have a number line with only the number 16.  The numbers 15, 17, 18 and 19 are at the bottom of the page and need to be move onto the number line.  If you do not have a SMARTBoard, you could write a similar problem on a white board or chalkboard.

I have one students come up and answer the question.  I then ask another students to agree or disagree and explain why.  In this problem, I am looking for students to be able to put the teen numbers in the correct order on the number line.  I follow up with some questions including:

What number is less than 16?
What number is more than 18?
This number line only shows up to 19.  What number would come next?

## Introducing Centers

25 minutes

I use math centers in my classroom as a way to reinforce the skills that are being taught.  Students are able to practice the skills we are currently working on as well go back and revisit the skills taught in previous units.  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 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:

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

## Explanation of Centers

The following centers are kept in a stack of plastic drawers in my classroom.  Each drawer has a number on it which corresponds to the numbers on the student tables.  The students take the center out of their numbered drawer, compete the center and return it to that same drawer when it is time to clean up.

Click on each center below to see a video explanation.

Conversation Heart Graphing
I Spy
Review Shapes Activity