Happy Snow Day! We got another snow day today! That makes day 6 for us! We actually had snow and ice this time so it was a real snow day!!! Anyone else enjoying a snow day?
I love love love love love having a space where I get to connect to with other amazing teachers. I am so blessed to have this blog (and my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) where I get to talk to all of my amazing teacher friends each day. I learn so much from ya’ll and you make me a much better teacher each day. I love that we can share and collaborate through these spaces! So today I am doing something new and I hope to continue this tradition! Are ya ready?!
A week or so ago I asked ya’ll to share your favorite free or cheap DIY math centers. Ya’ll shared some awesome ideas. So I have compiled those ideas for everyone to read and use! Look at us working together to benefit our students and help fellow teachers! YOU ALL ROCK MY SOCKS!
Are ya ready for some super easy and fun math centers?! Here we go!
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After Easter have the class bring in ALL their unwanted plastic Easter eggs. Print sight words on strips of paper & fill the egg. Provide a recording sheet for kids to list the words they find hidden around the room. I also make word family egg matches by writing the word family on one half & the letter/letters on the other half to create a word. You can also make digraphs w/ egg halves, too.
WAHOOOOOO! I made the math centers. i'm so excited!
My favorite make-it and leave-it literacy center is my Shake n Make set. I re-purposed plastic rectangle baby food containers and put in magnetic letters that formed a sight word we're working on. The kids shake the container (no more than 4 times, haha!) and open the container to spill onto a magnetic board. They have to mix the letters around until they recognize the word then check it on the bottom of the container. I have a box for almost every word throughout the year and I wrote the answer on the bottom, along with a little number like “3.6” for “Unit 3, Week 6.” I need to get more magnetic letters then I'm going to do a similar activity with word families – put in “a-t” and a few others letters that would make “at” words. The kids can record their answers on dry erase boards or paper!
My kids LOVE a good write-the-room. I simply print the words on super-sticky post-it notes and put them up around the room. We have an assortment of clip boards that they love to choose from.
My children love “Shakin' the Beans”. I have lima beans with one side painted gold. They think they are really special. We decompose a different number each day!
Large marshmallows make great snowballs! The children can earn “throws” by answering problems correctly! ;.)
My kids love a roll, read and write game that they play with cubes that I have written letters on. When I moved into this classroom I inherited a lot of small colorful blocks. I use those for this game. I use 3 colors: green(1st letter), yellow (2nd letter), red (last letter). Students shake up the blocks, roll them, read the word and then write it on their recording sheet where they have to say if it is real or make believe. I love this activity because I can use any letter combinations I want. CVC words, CVVC words, blends, diagraphs… The options are endless 🙂
🙂 Happy to see this clipart going to good use!!
My kids love spelling sight words with anything…pom poms, yarn, unifix cubes, playdoh, alphabet beads, etc. I add words as they are added to our word wall, so the center lasts all year.
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You are an amazing teacher! I thank you for sharing all you do!
I love ALL these ideas. Thank you for compiling and sharing them!
Ms. K/1 ELL