Monday, 12 July 2021

Math Center Organization

I spent MANY years scrambling to get math centers ready or digging through drawers for a center I just knew I had somewhere. I don't want you to go through this so I am going to share with you how I now organize my math centers (and give you FREE labels). Now it takes me only a few minutes to completely switch out my centers. 

Math center storage ideas

I couple years ago I came across these Sterilite storage bins and I immediately knew they would be perfect for my math centers.

Third Grade math centers in storage bins

I didn't just want to label them "Math Centers" and continue having to dig through each container so I have 1-2 containers per math concept that goes with my curriculum. 

multiplication math center in storage bag
The large containers hold large Ziploc bags perfectly and depending on what supplies are included in your center, they can hold all the centers for each concept.

I store the containers in my classroom cupboards where I can quickly grab them when needed. 

math center bins stored in cupboard with free labels

When I am wanting to change my centers for students I can grab the desired concept container and go to the drawers I have for my students to access. 

math center storage in ziploc bags Terri's Teaching Treasures

A few years ago I discovered these Trofast drawers from Ikea and fell in LOVE!!! Not only do they match my classroom colors, they are super sturdy. 

Math center bins for student use Terri's Teaching Treasures


To make this easier for you to set up I have created a FREE file for you which includes labels for the Sterilite containers. 

The file includes:
  • pre-made labels for the length of the container
  • pre-made labels for the width of the container
  • customizable labels for both. 
I have created the labels for both the length and the width so there is some flexibility on how they are stored. 

Container Purchasing Tip:

I have noticed that the price on the Sterilite containers varies greatly. I have seen them mostly at around $35 Canadian but they vary in price all the way to $60 Canadian.

I put them on my wish list and watch for when they go the cheaper prices and that is when I buy them. Who wants to pay $25 more than they have to? Not me. 

Getting started with a FREE math center.

If you are just getting started with math centers or want to add to your collection, here is a free one that focuses on multiplication facts and multi-digit subtraction. 

Soccer themed multiplication and subtraction math center free Terri's Teaching Treasures
These math centers are geared towards 2nd - 4th grade.

If you want to save this post for later, here is an image to pin to Pinterest. 

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