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This center is designed for kindergarten students. It allows the student to

practice their counting skills which is one of the Kansas math standards for
kindergarteners. K.CC Counting and Cardinality lists: Count to tell the
number of objects. This station can be used for standard 4. Understand the
relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to
a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard
order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and
each number name with one and only one object.
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of
objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their
arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
This station should take the student about 5 minutes to complete. The
student will choose one monkey from the barrel. On each monkey is a
number 1-10. The student will then count the bananas to pair the monkey
with the correct number of bananas. The student will do this for each
monkey in the barrel. When they have matched each monkey to the correct
bananas, the student will use an iPod to take a photo of all of their matched
monkeys and label it with their name. I will use the photos to assess the
Materials Needed
Barrel of Monkeys


Student Learning Objectives

The student will be able to practice counting to tell the number of objects
with at least 80% accuracy after completing numbers 1-10.
The student will be able to recognize that the last number name tells the
number of objects counted with at least 90% accuracy.
After matching the monkey with the correct number of bananas, the student
will be able to explain the method used for them to know which set of
bananas went with which monkey with at least 80% accuracy in a discussion
setting with the teacher.
Personal Reflection

I have been very lucky to be able to see centers in action in different

classrooms. I feel very strongly about the usefulness of centers. Centers
allow students the opportunity to practice their skills without worrying about
messing up. Many times centers use manipulatives that feel like games and
students enjoy practicing their skills using these manipulatives. I will
definitely use centers in my own classroom. I will use manipulatives and also
apps such as monkey math for use in my centers. I will have a rotation set
up for the students with expectations on how to use them.
The math center that I came up with for this class was inspired by one
of the classes I have been in at my school. This teacher has one center for
each student and she rotates them frequently. There will be the same
concept generally practiced but in different ways and the kids really enjoy
doing centers. I had the Playskool My First Barrel of Monkeys from when my
kids were little. I just found clipart on my computer of bananas and copied
and pasted them. All I had to do was cut them apart to make the correct
number to match up to the monkeys.
This center teaches students to count the bananas and match them up
to the correct monkey. I arranged the bananas so they were like a 10 frame
which after using with students I may change to be in more of a random
arrangement. I want to be sure they can do the one-to-one correspondence
and they realize that the last number they count is the number of items they
One thing I really learned about myself in building this center is I really
struggle to write learning objectives. I know what I want students to do but I
am not sure how to write it in a measurable way. I will continue working on
writing objectives, but I also feel like it is hard to write objectives for a center
that a student is generally working on alone. I would use centers so I could
do one on one lessons with students who need a little more guidance. It
seems really difficult to come up with objectives when I am not observing
what the student does.