This resource contains 4 math centers that make perfect file folder games for students to use when working on area. They can be done independently or with a partner.
This resource is included as part of my Area and Perimeter Bundle. The bundle contains this and 3 other items at a discounted price.
Why I Designed These Centers
I developed these centers because the ones that came with our math textbook kept the students busy but were not self-checking. Students were getting questions wrong and continuing on to complete more problems incorrectly. Those centers were not even designed with a student answer sheet for me to check. I felt like center time was not helpful or meaningful. I designed these Secret Code Centers to be self checking so students would know if they were doing something wrong. Students solve a problem and match their answer to one on the Answer Mat. If their answers are not on the mat, they need to try again. I had two students working on one of these centers and they were solving for perimeter instead of area. They knew something was wrong when they could not locate their answers. We were able to solve the problem very quickly. After making all the matches students use their answers to decipher a secret code (their favorite part). This also helps students stay on track and work hard to get the right answers since guesses will not lead to real words.
Using These Centers in the Classroom
This download contains 4 different math centers. Each center can be assembled into file folder games. Assembly directions with pictures are included. You can choose to print in black & white or color.
You can have students start at Center #1 and progress to Center #4 or assign the centers based on your students needs.
These can be done with a partner or individually.
In center #1 and #4, students solve to find the name of a kid detective in literature.
In center #2 and #3, students solve to find the answer to a joke.
Optional QR codes are included if you want students to scan them to check their answer slips. These are not necessary though since students can tell if their answer makes sense. There are also QR codes for centers #1 & #4 that lead to each author’s website.
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This resource was created for use with CCSS 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, and 3.MD.7. Elena Fryer at Not Your Mother’s Math Class is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS standards.