If you ask our students what their favorite time of the day is, many times they will say math centers! Frankly, it’s up there for me in best time of the day too! I love the hum of a happy, working, classroom! It’s not always easy to keep young students on task while being independent! After experiencing this in my own classroom during the long independent time of guided math, I started creating standards based, monthly activities that would be engaging attention grabbers for my students. This blog post is a look at standards-based March math centers, journals, and printables for your math block!
March Math Centers
In each grade level set of March Math Centers, Journals, and Printables you can find 30 different activities!
10 Math Centers
10 Math Journal Activities
and 10 Math Printables!
The goal of independent math centers is to provide opportunities for our students to practice, apply, strategize, and reason with the math concepts they are learning everyday. The activities should be at the independent level for our students. They should be previously taught concepts in a new fun format! This allows students to practice and apply what they know daily without losing interest. In fact, it actually invigorates them and helps them crave that hands-on “fun”! I love when the timer goes off and students actually groan because we have to stop math!!
Math Journal Activities
For written accountability and a record of math learning, our district uses a math journal in grades K-12. Students can move from a hands-on station to a math journal station. This unit has 10 different math journal activities that correlate to the hands on math centers above.
I also have other monthly math journal units. You can find more March math journal activities here.
Incorporating seasonal fun into seat work is another way to motivate students to sharpen their math skills independently. Young learners need many opportunities to become fluent with math concepts! While I am teaching a new concept during whole group and small group, my students are reviewing and sharpening their previously learned skills. These do not need to match what we are learning at the rug or small group table. This is a misconception. Once the new concept has been mastered, then I will place it in an independent center for my students. If I give it to them before they are ready, I will actually be creating confusion for my learners. They will be guessing and their anxiety levels will raise.
Are you ready to load up on March Math? You can get this unit here!
Get all of the activities and more here!
Other March Resources in my store