Archive for April, 2012

Math Centers with Pictures and Blackline Masters!

Posted on April 11, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Here is a great site to get started with primary math centers!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Digital Math Centers

Posted on April 10, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Elementary math, Math Centers | Tags: , , , |


Digital Math games can be fun, interactive and motivating.  They provide immediate feedback and often captivate the attention of students. There are tons of FREE games for k-6 on this site. Some of the games let  students play in either relaxed mode or timed mode.  This gives some choice but both settings are challenging. These games provide an opportunity for purposeful practice in the computer math center. I especially liked the Monkey Games for all the operations!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Great Resources for Digital Math Centers

Posted on April 9, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, Digital Learners, Elementary math, virtual manipulatives | Tags: , , , , |


Here is a resource that you can use to get good sites for the computer math center!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Here is a great k-1 math concentration game: Play in Guided Math Groups and Math Centers

Posted on April 6, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core, Guided math, Math Centers, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , |


Here is a great game for kindergarten and first grade students.  I would play this in a guided math group where I watched the students and then asked them to explain to me how they found the answers.  I would also set this up as a center concentration and/or match game and have the students play it with a partner.  Be sure to put out scaffolds for reference, such as numberlines and number grids.  You could also use this game as an assessment during a student interview.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Number Bond Games

Posted on April 5, 2012. Filed under: Digital Learners, Math Centers | Tags: , , , |


Here are some digital games for students to practice their number bonds.  Number bonds are a way of thinking about the relationships of numbers.  They provide a model for showing these relationships.  These games help students to practice their number bonds, building automaticity with basic fact power.

Game 1

Game 2

Game 3

Game 4

Game 5

*Be sure to see the other posts on Number Bonds on this site.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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More Number Bond Resources

Posted on April 4, 2012. Filed under: Common Core, During the Guided Math Lesson, Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , |


Number bonds are like fact families.  They are looking at the relationship of three  numbers.  Numbers bonds are often drawn in a diagram with circles or squares that show the relationship.  They are great models to help children see how three numbers “bond” together. Not only are they great for basic fact power, but also  they are great for using with number stories because they are a model where children can clearly label what they know and don’t know. This is very important when solving word problems, that  students are able to identify what they are looking for!

Activity Masters (I would definitely laminate some of these templates so you could use them in math centers. I would also use them as conversation starters in a guided math group too).

Resource 1

Resource 2

Resource 3

Resource 4

Resource 5

Resource 6

Resource 7

Resource 8

*Be sure to see the other post about Number Bonds!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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The New Math Common Core is On Facebook!

Posted on April 3, 2012. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: |


Here are the links to the grade level pages! Some are much more developed than others…But it is a start.  There are some activities that you can do in guided math groups and some math center ideas too. Check it out!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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Even More Great Math Resources

Posted on April 2, 2012. Filed under: Assessment, Common Core | Tags: , , , |


Georgia has put up some great math resources!  They are aligned with the CCSS but they are terrific even if you are not doing the CCSS. For example, I opened up the kindergarten file and there were some great ten frame ideas and ready to go centers.  They had ten frame riddles and games that I had never even seen before.  They also had some cool domino frame organizers for number combinations. Second grade had a cool “Where am I on the Numberline?” activity with spinners. There is something for all grade levels.  Check it out!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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