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What is BUILD?

An amazing way to differentiate your math time and allow you the time to work with small groups of students while your other students explore mathematics (we call it puzzling in our class because we are cool like that- thanks Esme)! Thanks also to Pinterestfor another amazing idea! Who would have thought that Pinterest would become such a great place for teachers to collaborate? Think of this as The Daily 5, but for math!

Centers are set up in the following categories:

Buddy Games- Games that children can play together with a partner. I will include two games in this tub (one for my students who are closer to grade level and one for my students with a bit more of a gap between them and same age peers).
Using Manipulatives- Activities that allow students to explore math and solve problems using manipulatives. This will also contain two differentiated activities.
Independent Reading and Writing- Fill a tub with math books to read or have children solve problems and explain their thinking in essay format.
Learning About Numbers- Activities that allow students to work with numbers such as even/odd, prime, comparing, contrasting, sorting, ordering, building numbers in different ways using various operations, etc. There will be two differentiated activities.
Doing Math- Activities that allow the child to practice math concepts currently taught in their Investigations textbook or review concepts that they in particular need to review. This tub is even more individualized than the others.

My Plan...

Group 1-

1) 30 minute puzzling lesson.

2) 30 minutes of BUILD time.

Group 2-

1) 30 minutes of BUILD time.

2) 30 minute puzzling lesson.

More time is available for both activities on some days depending on the child's schedule.


Procedures- I post this near the center and review it often for the students.

Objectives- I post this near the center for students, administrators, and our TA will know what students are working on.

2nd Grade:

5th Grade:

Monitoring Progress- This is the log I will use to keep track of progress. I will also keep data on the work they do in lessons and on their reflection sheets from the centers. Finally, I do a pre and post test with each Investigation unit which is my main data source.

Labels- Here are some signs that I found on TeachersPayTeachers for free to label your BUILD section and your tubs. Thanks so much to the person who made them!

Ready Made Centers!

Most of these I made myself, but not all. Almost all of them have some sort of response sheet for students to turn in after they complete the center so they are actively exploring, making connections, and drawing conclusions rather than just playing a game.

Buddy Games

Using Manipulatives

Independent Reading and Writing

Learning About Numbers

Doing Math

Research That Supports Build and Strategies Used During Centers...