Strategies, Centers & Resources

Math Word Wall: Download these printable cards to create a math word wall for your students to use as a reference guide.

Math Websites: Newly updated list of websites you can use to help your students with math.

Domino Math

Free download at this blog:
What you need:
Print the worksheet off from First Grade School Box (link above)
Super easy workstation!
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Math Vocabuluary Printout and Posters:
These posters can be copied and printed. You can also take the information and create your own. Visit
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Focus Walls: Great way to review previous concepts or concepts working on. Here is an example.


Egg Math: Using plastic Easter Eggs you can create a Math Center to show different strategies needed. Look below for ideas.
Fill it in: Practicing Number Sense: Laminate one for each student. Can do as whole group or small group activity or even as a center for practice.

Math Operations:

Cute Strategy for Subtraction with regrouping
Math Posters to display in Class

Enter It let's you set up a class list, parents can check it from home, and you can track their progress. The site starts with addition and then moves each student through subtraction, multiplication, and division at their pace.

Math online games:


An interactive way to show Area and Perimeter
LEGO Math Centers:

Creating Walls to Display Math Representations


KHAN ACADEMY: Blackboard presentations that students can see and hear demonstrations from number sense to calculus.
Incorporating Literature into Math

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander.
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It's actually part of a series of books that does a fantastic job in explaining some geometry concepts in a very entertaining way.

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I've taught my students in the past to begin copying their brain drain from memory onto their scrap paper as soon as I tell them that "testing may now begin." This way, the students are able to gather everything that they've learned onto one sheet before beginning the test.

1. Speed Drill- Each student races to rewrite their brain drain on a blank sheet of paper and the first student to hand me a perfectly correct brain drain wins a prize (usually candy)

2. Relay Race- I divide the class into two teams and line them up on opposite sides of the room. Each team has one sheet of blank paper and one pencil. Each member of the team has exactly one minute to write everything they possible can on the brain drain and then they move to the back of the line and it is the next person's turn to write for 1 minute. This continues until the team thinks that their brain drain is perfect and they all sit down to have their brain drain checked. (I use the stop watch on my iPhone to time the students for the 1 works perfectly)
3. Pop Quiz-ical- This challenge was renamed for the pure fact that it does not count for a grade. During the week, I will randomly stop teaching (no matter the subject) and say "BRAIN DRAIN." This is the students' cue to whip out a sheet of paper and begin writing their brain drain as quickly as possible. I set my timer for 10 minutes the first day, 8 minutes the second day and so on. After the timer goes off, students are to put their pencil inside their desk and I check each student's sheet. Every student that has a correct brain drain gets a prize (homework pass, candy, pencil, etc.)