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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Even More Centers for Your Classroom

It's about time, teachers, for more centers.

Today is all about math centers...

Be a Math Magician is a set of 20 math puzzles and brain teasers. These activities are learning disguised as fun. Students are honing their problem solving skills as they exercise inductive and deductive reasoning. The Math Magician tricks also promote creative thinking, as your students will need to think “outside the box.” 

Each of the puzzles makes an easy center for your math block. They are perfect for differentiation, especially for enrichment and/or GATE students. These puzzles are also useful as anchor activities, sponge activities, or challenges for fast finishers. They lend themselves well to collaborative thinking, too.

Monkey Squares are square arrays of n x n rows and columns in which n items fill the cells so that no item is used more than once in each row and column. Known as Latin Squares, they are used for statistical analysis in mathematics. If they seem familiar, they should; Sudoku is a 9 x 9 Latin Square.

Monkey Squares exercise H.O.T.S. for students in K-5.  There are a series of boards that advance from a 3 x 3 array to a 6 x 6 array.  My students beg to do Monkey Squares.  I'll bet your's will, too.

There are 20 sports pictures that children can use for sorting and/or patterning in Sports Sorts.  The pictures are provided in color and grayscale.  There are numerous suggestions for the sorts to get you started. 

Also included are task cards if you wish to prescribe your students' patterns. Of course, you could always leave the patterns up to them.  A recording sheet and a basketball court work mat are provided.

You may be interested in joining my collaborative Pinterest board, It's About Time for Math Centers.  If you would like to pin to it, follow the board, then email me with your Pinterest info @

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  1. Excellent post! I cannot even imagine where such amazing teachers find time to cope with little monsters and create such excellent blogs. You know, I even feel miserable as I am searching for essays assistance because I have no time and feel lost, however I am just a student. I wonder how I will be able to combine all these things when I start my career. Maybe it is experience or just huge energy you have. Anyway you have done a great job and I have think about my personal growth to

    1. Thanks Vik. Your kind words have made my day. :) I have tons of experience (more than 30 years) and that does make a huge difference. Be kind to yourself and patient. It is a process being able to handle teaching and everything else life throws at you. Keep in mind that your 1st year of actual teaching will be a survival year. Take it one day at a time and congratulate yourself when you make it through a day without running out of lesson plans, energy, and patience. Baby steps; it's all baby steps and it gets easier year after year. Best of luck in your studies and as you begin your teaching career.