How to make multiplication math centers work while social distancing is easier than you think! Teachers know that practice during math centers can make a significant difference in a student’s ability to master math concepts – especially multiplication.
Task cards are one of the quickest ways to create a math center that kids will want to work in. Just because we are social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t make that happen.
We just need to think in a different way about what a center will look like. During social distancing, students must work independently, so let’s reorganize how we assign task cards!
Rotating the task cards in a way that assists students, but also allows them to be safe is key.
Here’s a couple of ways you can do this. I’m using a resource I have in my store as an example. You can get the link at the end of the post if you would like to use these!
Option 1 – A Daily Set of Task Cards
Break up task card sets into small bundles that could be placed in plastic bags. Each student would get 1 bag which would be completed and turned in to the teacher to be cleaned before the next day.
Option 2 – A Weekly Set of Task Cards
Students would be assigned to a set of task cards to be completed by the end of the week. They would turn their set in on Friday to be assigned to another student the following week.
Using Multiplication Matching Math Center Task Cards
This colored-coded set of multiplication match task cards is the perfect way to give students the hands-on practice they need to learn and understand multiplication and at the same time be safe for students. Each color represents a different way for students to practice multiplication strategies.
These could work easily for both options mentioned above. Rotate the colors by day or by week depending on what you want students to work on.