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:
- Choose the math task (differentiation is REALLY easy with “mix and match” sets)
- Print and cut out the task cards
- 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!
- 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:
Imagine…all your math centers prepped and ready for the entire year!