Math PK-2

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Math Centers


Math centers with math games, manipulatives, and activities support learner interests and promote the development of more complex math skills and social interactions. Having centers or stations with activities that students can do independently and with peers supports differentiation and allows them to meaningfully practice their math skills.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this first grade teacher implements math centers in her classroom. By using various materials like games and tablets, she has engaging stations where students practice and apply what they are learning, like Counting and Operations.

  • Teachers can provide materials at each center that encourage math and number talk with peers. When students are engaged in centers, teachers also have the opportunity to work with a small group on a targeted skill, while other students practice the current math material or move on to more advanced material.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products are often used as both a collaborative and independent center activity. By intentionally designing for open-ended problems and interaction, developers can promote discovery and exploration, supporting positive Emotion for math learning. Products can also offer guided practice of skills for students who need extra support.
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