Hello there! I could not be more excited to write this blog post! I am a huge proponent of math workshop in elementary classrooms. Seven years ago, I switched from a more traditional math block to a math workshop approach and I never looked back. My students were so much more engaged and I could meet their individual needs so much more successfully!
The honest truth about beginning math workshop is that it does require a lot of prep up front to prepare engaging math centers. Over the last few years, I created over 100 math centers and then printed, cut out, laminated, and organized them for use in my classroom. In the first few years of math workshop, I used more paper/pencil activities and worksheets in my math tubs as I slowly built my collection of prepped math centers. After a few years, I found that I had a well-developed selection of math centers to pull from each week. Now, that is not to say that I never used paper/pencil work in the bins from time to time, but most of my math centers were interactive and engaging for students.
One thing that I have learned over the past few years is that I need a way to hold students accountable for the interactive work that they are completing. The majority of students in my class each year would complete the centers and do well because they are engaged and want to learn the math skills. However, we all know that you are always going to have those few students that try to get out of their work and don’t devote their full attention to their centers. For this reason, each of my math centers has an exit slip that corresponds to the content in that center. My students complete this exit slip after completing the center which holds them accountable and provides me a simple way to assess their progress.
Since creating these math centers, I have switched to the virtual school setting. I frequently share these math centers with my virtual school students to print and use at home!
My purpose for this blog post is to provide you with some FREE math centers to get you started with trying math workshop or to add to your own collection of centers if you are already using the math workshop model in your classroom. Some of these centers have fun themes and some are more general for any time of the year! Simply click each photo to download the center! (If you want the short cut to my TeachersPayTeachers 10 Free Math Centers page – please click this link) Enjoy!
Here are a few of my favorite math freebies!
Skip Counting! – This center includes skip counting cards from 2s, 5s, and 10s and an exit slip for each set!
Domino Addition and Subtraction! – Dominoes are a great math tool for teaching early addition and subtraction. My students loved using dominoes as manipulatives! When they finish their work, I allowed them to build little domino towers…. you ALL know that students can’t get through a domino activity without using them to build something! LOL!
Dab it! Dot it! Math Facts! – This Dab it Dot it Math Facts center was always one of my students’ favorites! We used bingo dauber markers to find math facts that equal a given number. Then students recorded the math facts at the bottom of the page!
Coin Math with Dimes, Nickels, and Pennies! – Learning to count money is an important life skill and it also helps students develop a better number sense. In this money math center, students determine the number of cents on each card and then match the letter on the card to the correct amount on the exit slip. I put these cards on rings for each storage and use.
Baseball Base Ten! – This baseball base ten center is great for spring. Students match the expanded form, base ten blocks, and the traditional number in these fun puzzles.
Okay, so there you have it! Five free math centers to get you started on your math workshop journey! Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions for me about math workshop!