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Math Centers with Checklists!

on July 24, 2012

We had a great day working with math centers and activity checklists! Each of the students was given an individualized checklist with three activities. The three activities were determined by each student’s math ability level. These activities ranged from basic addition skills to subtraction and addition of three-digit numbers with regrouping. Activities included the following: Fishy Sums challenges the students to evaluate completed problems and figure out if they were completed correctly. If not, the students will need to complete the problems correctly.


Secret Code Triple Digits challenges students to both add and subtract with regrouping using three-digit numbers. Pig Pen Problems provides the students with an activity to discover the correct addition or subtraction problem for a corresponding answer. The students must solve all the problems in order to complete the pigpen.

Egg-cellent Addition is a two-digit subtraction and addition problem worksheet that the students will use to graph the eggs they solve. The Summertime Board Game incorporates basic addition and subtraction while moving around a game board to practice automaticity in learning basic math facts.


Cardinal and Penguin Addition both provide students with the ability to sort addition problems with cards and use manipulatives to solve the worksheets. 


*These activities were created by teachers and can be found on

What Worked!

Who knew that creating individual checklists would provide students with such incentive? The students loved being able to check off activities as they completed them. While I was worried that I had planned too much, I think the students worked harder during this class period to complete their activities even though their assignments were more complex than usual.


What I Would Do Differently 

With a different room and more time, I would create simple instructions at each math center instead of trying to explain all of them at the beginning of the class period. By providing the students with an easy task analysis (using words or pictures) to follow, the students would have taken even more ownership of their learning. These instructions would also make the activities more independent and allowed more time for questions to the teacher about solving the problems than questions about the instructions. 


3 responses to “Math Centers with Checklists!

  1. Pat says:

    The individual task sheets was a great idea! It was a good lesson.

  2. chelsea says:

    Good job, Leane! I’m glad the lesson went well!

  3. nicole says:

    What a wonderful lesson taught by such a wonderful young teacher! The checklist was such a helpful tool to our students. We will be implementing these in the classroom more often. You rock Leane!

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