Now that spring is in the air, it is harder than ever to keep students on task and motivated. I have dreams of summer vacation and Spring Break in mind, so I’m sure my students do too! Recently, I created a new activity for spring math centers that is full of engaging spring-related activities that are great for test prep! I also absolutely love the new Spring Math Centers for Test Prep!
There are six big graphs in the graphing center, and there are four questions for each graph. I tried to keep the questions challenging to really help prepare my students for testing. I included two line plots, two picture graphs, one vertical bar graph, and one horizontal bar graph.
These multiplication and division puzzles will be a fun way to give my students a little extra practice! In this center activity, students will match a number sentence (either multiplication or division) with a grouping model, array, and repeated addition or subtraction number sentence.
These spring themed task cards will allow students to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems. I’ve also included a few multi-step word problems and word problems that require students to multiply by multiples of ten. The word problems all consist of stories and situations that would be interesting and relevant to third graders to help maintain student interest.
The measurement task cards cover several different concepts, including elapsed time, liquid volume, mass, reading a ruler, and finding patterns.
I couldn’t leave out place value, and I just love the look of these place value task cards! This activity is really a unique approach that I think will really benefit my students. It requires students to not only think about the place value and value of digits but different forms of numbers, too.
I always feel like my students could use a little extra rounding practice, so I included a rounding center in the pack. In this activity, students will round cards to the nearest hundred and sort the cards according to what place the numbers round to. I feel like it’s essential to practice skills and concepts taught at the very beginning of the year to allow students to retain their understanding of those skills.
In the Bright Equations activity, students complete a variety of multiplication and division expressions and number sentences. These consist of multiplication problems that are missing a factor or division problems that are missing a dividend or divisor.
A set of spring math centers wouldn’t be complete without a fractions activity, so I was sure to include those! Students will complete several activities such as identifying fractions, drawing fractions, comparing fractions, and finding equivalent fractions.
In my geometry center, students identify different types of polygons, with a focus on quadrilaterals. Included are problem solving questions that help students move to a deeper level of thinking by classifying quadrilaterals.
As always, area and perimeter is my favorite! I love how this incorporates so many math concepts. I also love how this center activity encourages critical thinking and problem solving.