I don’t know about you, but my FAVORITE time of the day has always been math centers! I just love the ability to let students take charge of their place, pace, and product! This post is all about providing meaningful math centers for first grade!
Because we spend 20+ days introducing our students to the guided math structure, the activities I want to provide during August and September are going to review skills that my beginning first graders were able to do in kindergarten. I want to lower my students’ anxiety levels while providing activities that excite and engage them to practice and apply important concepts that we will build upon in first grade. More on launching guided math HERE.
Math Centers for August/September
Take a peek at the beginning first grade skill levels that students can work on during their first month of math centers!
Roll to fill the bus. Students take turns with a partner to fill the bus. (3 tens frames) The student that fills the bus first wins.
Roll two dice and add the sum. Cover the apple with that matching sum. Try to cover your apples before your partner does.
Cube collector is all about collecting cubes as you move on the game board. Students will count and compare totals when they reach the end of the game board.
A big favorite, students recreate different pattern block cards and then extend the pattern beyond.
Just like chutes and ladders, this fun game helps students get comfortable with the 120 chart.
Students use manipulatives to solve simple addition to 8. They match the crayons to the box with the sum.
Pack a lunch! Students use manipulatives to find the sum of items and pack them into the correct lunch box. Sums up to 10.
Pack your backpack! Students work on different number forms in this center. They match the number forms to the back pack with the correct number. (teens)
If you follow my blog, you know how I love to give my students varied rotations during guided math. Rather than every student being at a math center, I like to use the acronym STACK. More on that HERE.
If you want students to have a recording sheet for their center work, I have you covered! I created a math journal activity and a math seat work type printable to use in your rotations too! In the picture below, students will enjoy the hands on game of adding two dice together. Then during their next rotation, they work in a math journal. They will create an addition math story by rolling dice and recording the number sentence. Next, in an independent practice rotation, there is a printable ready for students to add numbers using an apple number line!
Here’s another example of how to use these activities in your math rotations below. Students do a math journal activity where they add two numbers and write the number sentence and answer inside the flap. Then in a math center they enjoy the hands-on game of adding bears to fill up 3 tens frames. Finally in a seat work rotation, students will complete the ten frame addition bus printable.
What’s great is that you can use the printables, centers, and journals all separately any way you like or tie them together in rotations. The activities are all able to stand on their own, but also work together to reinforce skills.
There are 10 math centers, 10 printables, and 10 journal activities for you to use any way you need!
If you are thinking about starting a math journal this coming year, I hope you do it! I can’t tell you how much my students LOVE their math journals. I was hesitant for many reasons, but it was one of the best things I have ever introduced to my students! The journal activities in this August/September unit are different than my other September Journal. The reason, is that I wanted to have more variety!
Run on white paper or colored paper
All of the activities in this post were from my August & September unit
If you like the idea of having 10 math centers, 10 journal activities, and 10 printables for each month, you can get ALL of the months in a discounted bundle by clicking HERE or the picture below!
If you are looking for even more math centers, you can also get this bundle of math centers for the year. These activities below do not overlap with the centers above! With these two bundles together, you will be set for the year of math centers and then some! The bundle below has 8-10 centers per month with recording sheets.
None of the math centers that I offer in my store overlap. None of the different journal packs in my store overlap. You are safe to get what you think looks right for your class without worrying that the bundles overlap! Nothing is duplicated. I get that question a lot and wanted to be sure to mention it. Thankfully there is a nice long Summer for prep!
If you are wanting even more journal activities to choose from, you can find all of the monthly sets (and bundles) in my store HERE.