# Math Centres

#### Numbers and Equations

- Make a Number Book
- Play Dominoes
- Math stories:

Using tiny toys and back ground scenes, make math stories. eg: It was a busy day at the airport today. 3 airplanes landed at the airport and 3 more landed after, there were 6 airplanes all together at the airport... - Create equations for a certan number using manipulatives such as beans, keys, unifix cubes, etc. and have each child draw pictures of the various combinations.

eg: for the number 7, 5 beans + 2 beans = 7 beans - Stick some stickers on a piece of tag board and laminate. Ask children to circle the stickers into groups of ten using a washable marker. They ask them to count by 10's then 1's to find the answer.
- Bean Race:

This game can be played in small groups or in pairs. Students take turns rolling a die. Each time they roll it, they pick up the number of beans that corresponds to the number on the die. The first one to get 100 beans wins. - Play War

#### Geometry

- Tangram Puzzles
- Shape Pictures:

Cut out hundreds of shapes out construction paper and ask students to glue them onto another piece of paper to make a picture. - Make Toothpick Shapes:

Using plasticine and toothpicks, have students make shapes that resememble those drawn on a series of cards. - Make Geometric Solids:

Provide students with photocopies of the maps to geometric shapes. Ask them to cut them out and glue the sides together to make solids. - Graphing Geometry in the Classroom:

Draw a columns on a large roll of paper and label each column for each geometric solid and/or shape they are studying. Ask students to draw pictures of things from the classroom that fall under each column. Eg: a chalk board could go under the rectangle column and a trash can could go under the cylinder column. - Make Objects Out of Geometric Solids:

Have students make things out of all the geometric solids that they put together or beforehand, collect boxes, cans, etc. for them to use.

#### Patterns

- Make Pattern Necklaces and Bracelets out of Fruit Loops
- Make Patterns Using Unifix Cubes
- Make Patterns Using Keys
- Make Patterns Using Stamps

#### Measurement

- Weight Centre:

Have a variety of scales and ask students to try weighing things from the classroom. Fold a piece of paper in half and on one side draw an object on the other side draw something that ended up being lighter.

- Rice Centre:

Have a variety of jars and a large container of rice. Allow students to explore the volumes of the different jars. - Measuring With String:

Have pieces of string that are a wide variety of length. Allow students to find things around the classroom that are longer, shorter, the same size as the pieces of string. - Mesuring With Rulers
- Measuring With Paper Clips
- Measuring With Shoes
- Reading a Thermometer:

Provide some thermometers as well as bowls of water that are of different temperatures. Ask students to record the temperature of each of the bowls.