This math idea offers a “twist” on traditional instruction as students get up and Solve the Room!

There are so many different ways to use math centers – modeling with a small group, using the materials to support instruction, and my all-time favorite…having students work in pairs at a center. 

What is Solve the Room?

Solve the room combines math learning with movement! 

Students will travel to each math task card, solve the problem, record their answers on a provided recording sheet, and then move to the next task!

Solve the Room - Set-Up

This may be the BEST news of all! Solve the Room is one of the easiest centers to set-up and store for future use. 

Here's exactly what you'll need:

  1. Choose the math task (differentiation is REALLY easy with “mix and match” sets)
  2.  Print and cut out the task cards 
  3. Arrange the task cards around the classroom – they can be placed on different desk surfaces, or even a window sill. Our personal favorite is carpet spots!
  4. Copy the recording page (1 sheet per partner-pair). A fun option is to add clipboards!

Clean-up is just as simple – gather up math task cards in a plastic storage box, file folder, or small plastic bag. 

No Time for Travel? No Problem!

Teachers sure are a creative bunch! Here are just a few solutions if traveling around the room does NOT seem like a great idea.

“Very cute! My K kids liked reaching into the bag to see what card they got. They recorded the problem and answer (they used counters to help them). Thanks!” – I love the bag idea! 

“I used this for a shape sort whole group and in centers I love it :)” – Sorting activities are ALWAYS a good idea whether in whole group, small groups, or centers

“Just the name alone will be exciting for my kids. They love to pretend to be detectives and solve problems. I may even use magnifying glasses and hats and make my house center a shape detective agency….” Magnifying glasses?!? Yes, please!

Solve the Room - Next Steps

Your only next step is to choose the math topic! Each set can be used on it's own or mix and match – great for test prep.

Solve the Room is available in these individual sets or save with the bundle:

Each set includes math task cards, directions, recording pages, and math celebration bracelets!

Imagine…all your math centers prepped and ready for the entire year!

Hi there.

I'm Jennifer!

I’m Jennifer and I was a special educator in the elementary school setting over the past decade. I entered the classroom every day dedicated to making learning inclusive AND engaging.

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