In my classroom, I only have three math rotations, and the third rotation, math centers/games, is the only one I routinely have to plan & prep ahead of time. Today I want to share with you how I plan and choose the best math centers to make that third rotation meaningful and effective!
|Fact fluency practice|
I like to choose centers that match the standards we’ve already worked on, so I use these 2nd grade stations by standard (find the first grade version here) – This allows me to pull centers that match exactly what I want my students working on or reviewing without having to worry about them being seasonal (although I do use some seasonal/themed ones still too!)
|Board game center to match 2nd grade array/multiplication standard|
Sometimes I’ll even print & prep two versions of the same center, that way students have the same games & activities but at the level they need. I use these differentiated centers to help with that!
I really like to plan and prep my centers a month ahead of time. I can look at the month ahead and know what I’m teaching, what I want my students reviewing, and more. Click the image below if you’d like your free Math Centers Monthly Planning Sheet!