This Math MENU was designed for my 2nd grade dual language classroom; however, it can be edited and utilized for any type of classroom K-5. The purpose of a MENU is to give students a choice in learning center, hold them accountable and allow them to reflect after the learning center about something new that they discovered while in the center. This particular Math MENU is a week long menu which is assessed/graded at the end of a 5 day week. (You can edit the menu for shorter/holiday weeks) Each day the students practice their "weekly facts" (the flash card icons at the top of the menu is where they check off that they have accomplished this) using my self-created Fact Flash cards. Their buddy/a friend must place their initials on the line next to the flash card icon to verify that they have completed this step each day. You will notice that there are only 4 flash card icons on the top of the menu. That is because on the day that the student is at the "teacher center"/ small group with the teacher, I will give them a little mini-fact quiz in lieu of the flash card practice. They come to my group immediately; therefore, do not have time to practice these facts out in the common area. For the other centers, SMALL GROUP, GAME CENTER, CALENDAR CORNER, PROBLEM SOLVING and COMPUTER, the students must write a reflection sentence upon center completion. Again, they only go to ONE center per day, so by the END of the WEEK, they will have completed ALL 5 centers. Examples for items to put in centers are as follows:
SMALL GROUP: teacher led activities/re-teach
GAME CENTER: hands-on games that address content area from lesson, fraction games, measurement bingo, Tic Tac Math, addition/subtraction dominoes, shape games etc (These should be board game type activities that they play without the computer).
PROBLEM SOLVING: Target the TEKS (if you have it on your campus), laminated STAAR practice questions to do with dry erase, HOT DOTS, word problems etc.
COMPUTER CENTER: Free Online math games, math apps on an iPod, any math program that your district has available.
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