I am currently using centers with my 5th grade math class. I have four different homeroom classes each day. Each class is split up into 6 groups with 3-4 students in each small group. The students rotate between two different centers each day, spending 25 minutes at each center. An effective classroom with learning centers consists of students doing 85% of the working and talking while the teacher is guiding them the other 15%. It is great when you leave work feeling stress-free and energetic! Here are some examples of the small group learning centers that you would see in my classroom on a typical week:
- Fast Math Center - This is a computer math game that students play to learn math facts.
- FCAT Practice Center - This is a center where students get practice with the Florida standardized test called the FCAT.
- Enrichment Center - This center is basically taking their homework worksheets and creating a extra enrichment activity to go along with it, something "hands-on".
- Problem Solving Center - This learning center has math word problems for students to solve.
- FCAT Explorer Center - This small group center has students working on an online testing practice website for the Florida state test.
- Manipulatives Center - This center has students working with their hands to make math come alive by using building blocks, math tools, rulers, graphs, 3D shapes, etc.
- Tick Tock Time Center - This is a free telling time learning center. Tick Tock Time is a fun game for students learning to tell time and read a clock using intervals of One Hour, Half Hour, Quarter Hour and also Elapsed Time
- BINGO Games - Free BINGO games for your classroom. Games include Alphabet Bingo, Telling Time Bingo, Noun Words Bingo, Numbers Bingo, and Subtraction Bingo
- Word Family Fun Learning Center - Students can work in small groups to play this fun phonics word family game. Word families include letter combinations, vowels, and consonants that are found in many words such as AD, AN, AT, AY, EAT, ED, ET, IGHT, ING, IP, IT, OLD, OP, OW, OY, UCK, UN, UNNY, and UT
- Long Vowel Sounds Center - This learning activity center includes picture cards and long vowel a, long vowel e, long vowel i, long vowel o, and long vowel u sound cards. Students must match the correct picture card to the corresponding long vowel card. This is a great phonics activity for primary grades.
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