When we first become teachers we run into the concept of math centers for the first time. We most likely took part in math centers as a student, but never knew the name for it. Centers are basically a way to bring math to life for students. We usually designate an area of our classroom to allow students to work in small groups or individual on a math task or skill. Centers can be a bit of bear to setup and it can take you several years to find the best way to get the most out of them for your students. We try to give you some well tested center ideas here.
There are so many ways to achieve the same task or in this case learning outcome. I would highly encourage all teachers to not chase teaching trends with centers. You might be trying to work on counting with students. You might create a center that has students count jellybeans and find it to be a successful center for students. When you teach this again stick with concepts that have worked in the past. Teachers often spend time recreating successful lesson when they may have a few unsuccessful (or less than expected) centers. Once you are confident that all your centers are kicking out great results, feel free to experiment with new ideas. We just caution new teachers on re-inventing the wheel every year. The wheel gets us to where we need to go. Once you have all your wheels in place, then it is time to deck them out. In this section of our website, you will find a ton of different ideas for centers in your classroom. We have put these ideas into practice and found them to be very helpful for students. The math center worksheets below are all broken down by grade level. Remember, it might be good to review lower grade levels or push your advanced students with upper level material.