postheadericon Math centre set up

This year is the first time I have been enough on the ball to set up my math centres this early in the year. First round of centres are set up and the kids loved them. I thought I would explain a bit how I run my math centres.

I loosely follow Debbie Diller’s model of math stations. I saw her speak at a conference a few years ago and she was wonderful. Although I don’t do exactly what she does, her book is a great starting point. And most importantly she introduced me to the best idea that revolutionized my centres….

ONLY TWO STUDENTS PER CENTRE.

You might think this will make things more difficult as you will need more centres, but I am here to tell you things are so much easier. Yes I have to have 10 centres (20 kids), but I hardly have to deal with any behaviour management with 2 students. Also it takes two whole weeks (or more if I don’t do centres every day) to get through all the centres, so I don’t have to change them as often. Especially since after a few years of doing centres like this I have realized ….

YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE ALL YOUR CENTRES AT THE SAME TIME.

Since it takes the student two weeks to get through one round of the centres, it isn’t a big deal if they repeat some on the second round. This allows me to switch them one at a time at my leisure. Most of my centres are math activities we have already done in class, so they need minimal explanation when I integrate them into my centres

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A few of my bins broke and I couldn’t find a new set of drawers that matched my old ones. I’m waiting for them to go on sale so I can replace them all and they can all match again.

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So here is my  centre layout and the first few centres we are doing. My math centres are housed in these plastic drawers. They are great because the kids can just slide them out and take the whole drawer with them, and then slide them back in when they are done. Each drawer is filled with everything they need to do the centre.

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I’ve tried a few different things for centre organization but this number system has worked the best for me. I just move the students name down each day to the next number. Students find their name and then go get the drawer with the corresponding number. So simple and easy!

 

Here is this round of centres:

Take a set 

Students have 10 counters on their plate. They roll their dice and then take that many from their partner’s plate and put it on their own. This goes on back and forth until someone has all the counters. Great counting practice!

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Tall towers

Students roll the dice and make towers. Once they filled all the squares they put all their towers together to see who has the tallest tower. Later in the year you can use two dice, or compare each tower to look at how many more/less. The kids love this one. Download this centre here.

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Race to trace

Students roll the dice and then trace the corresponding number on their sheet (love sheet protectors and dry erase markers!). First one to fill their sheet wins. I got the race to trace sheet here and just removed the English writing so I could use it in a French Immersion classroom.

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Roll and cover

I love this game because you can use it all year, and if you just change the picture or the counters every once and awhile the kids think it is a new game. Students roll then cover the corresponding number of squares. First one to cover the whole page wins. I get my roll and covers here and here. So much variety.

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Playdoh mats

I have two Play-doh centres at the moment. One is cover the number, and the other is make sets with the Play-doh. Halloween Playdoh was on sale at Costco so black Playdoh it is! Get the playdoh mats here and here.

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As it the beginning of the year instead of doing 10 different centres, I am just doing 2 sets of 5 centres. I spent all last week actually doing these activities with the students in math class, so nothing was new to them. Over the next few weeks I will add some more new ones until I have 10 different ones. Once again, it is okay if they do a centre again. With this many centres they will only be doing the same one twice a month. It is a lot of dice games right now but as we get going their will be more of a variety of activities. Right now I just want to get them used to the format.

postheadericon French Mini Offices

Awhile ago I came across these awesome mini offices at the Busy Teacher Cafe.  However since they were English I couldn’t use them. After searching far and wide for a french version, I decided to make one of my own!

Just like the Busy teacher mini offices I use two letter size file folders to make the mini offices. This gives you 6 panels to fill.

I originally made these mini offices for grade 2. They used them mainly to make sure that the high frequency words were spelled correctly in their writing. However since I moved to Kindergarten I tried them out closer to the end of the year and they absolutely loved them! It really opened up them writing and they wrote so much more. I will definitely give them out earlier in the year next year.

I have include the word wall as a pdf, but also as a word document of you ant to tailor it to your students needs.

 

Click here to for the French Mini office . 

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alphabetemotions mini office

 Click here for version of the mini office for black and white printers.(You will need to fill in the colour words colours yourself. Perfect when you have black and white photocopiers).

word wall

Click here for the French word wall for the mini office (pdf).

Click here for the French word wall for the mini office (word).

 

 

postheadericon Mini offices in English

Earlier I posted my French mini offices. I’ve decided to post them in English.

I use 2 manilla file folders, taped together to make six panels (see example here). I have included 5 pages for the mini offices, so you can leave one panel blank or you can add something of your own.

My wordwall is blank so that you can add the words you want depending on your students. This way several grade levels can use it.

Click here to for the English Mini office

numbers and emotions english days of the week english alphabet

 

 

Click here for version of the mini office for black and white printers.(You will need to fill in the colour words colours yourself. Perfect when you have black and white photocopiers).

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Click here for the blank editable word wall for the mini office (word).

 

postheadericon Number representations

I have this table printed out and laminated in all my math centres. It is also on my mini offices.

Click the image below to download number representation table

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postheadericon Roll a word

I got this centre from Learning with Mrs Parker. It is in English, but it is editable so you can change it to French. I actually start this as an Alphabet centre first and then change to a sight word centre later in the year.

Students roll a dice and practice writing their sight words in the grid depending on their roll. Since it a powerpoint you can edit you can tailor the letters/sight words to the ones your students need to work on. I pop it into a page protector so it can be used again and again. Print off two and you can make it a game: First one to fill in the whole grid wins!

For students who need more guided practice with printing you can fill in the grid with the words using either a tracing font or by writing in the words in yellow marker. Students can then trace over the letters.

roulez un mot

Click here to go check out this great resource!

postheadericon Build a word

The first time  I would do this centre I do it as a name centre. Once they become familiar with it I would switch it to a sight word centre.

This centre is laminated (or in a sheet protector) and used on a cookie sheet.

First students place a word card on top. In the middle they use magnetic letters to make the word. On the bottom they write the word with a dry erase marker.

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 Click here for this centre in French

Click here for this centre in English.

 

postheadericon Écrivez, Tamponnez et Décorez

I got the this centre idea at the teacher blog Mrs I’s Class. First students write the sight word (from a sight word list or set of cards). Then students use stamps to stamp out the sight words.  Last of all the decorate the word (write in rainbow colours, circle the letters, how ever they choose).

 

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Note: I know the “E” in “Écrivez” is missing an accent, but the font I used didn’t have accents. I just add it in by hand.

Click the image below to download this file

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postheadericon Dans mon nom….Pas dans mon nom

The first time students would do this as an activity where they would cut, sort, and glue paper letters of the alphabet as in their name or not in their name.  After I would move it to a center with letter tiles or on a cookie sheet with magnetic letters. You would need to supply them with the entire alphabet.

Students would pick a name (name cards or name sheet), and using the all the letters sort them to either “dans mon nom” or “pas dans mon nom”. Once they have sorted all the letters they pick a new name. Often I put this sheet in a centre with other letter sorting activities.

Click the image below to download this file.

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postheadericon J'ai…Qui a…? ABC

This is “I have…Who has?” for the alphabet in French. Each student gets a card. The person with the letter “A” will start. They will read what they have (“J’ai Aa”) and then read out what they are looking for (Qui a B?). The student who has “B” will then read out their card. This will continue from student to student until all cards have been read.  

If you don’t have the 26 students that you need hand out all the cards, you can either give some students multiple cards, or you can be part of the game and have all the extra cards yourself.

I have included the cards for the alphabet in order, mixed up, and for matching uppercase and lowercase.

Click the images below to download the files

I have you have mix alphabet
Mixed up alphabet
I have you have lower and uppercase match

Matching lowercase and uppercase

 

I have you have alphabet

Alphabet in order

postheadericon Name plates

Every year I spend way too much money on name plates for my students, and they never have exactly what I want. So I decided to make my own. Each name plate has the alphabet in lower and uppercase as well as a number line. I have included one with a number line from 1-10 and one from 1-20. I print on card stock and laminate for durability. 

Click the images below to download the name plates

name plate 1 to 10

Name plate 1-10

 

Primary name plate 1-20

Primary name plate 1-20