Simple Centers

Hey teaching friends!  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if all these centers printables with elaborate activities and millions of pieces that have to be printed are increasing the learning – or will some basic supplies do the trick just as well?

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

I think both are wonderful, but if you are like me at all, I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive every time!

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So here is something pretty basic I tossed together.  The best part?  You can tweak it to use as you like and be as complex as you want to build on it.

You will need some poker chips, letter/number stickers, and a file box.

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

Place your stickers and numbers on the chips.

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

Put them in a box.  Cute box label is completely optional.

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

Then, have students make spelling words, word families, syllables, number sentences, greater than/less than equations, and anything else you can think of with the chips included in the box.

That’s it!  Nothing fancy.  No major prep work.

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

I did toss together the cute box labels and some worksheets in both color and grayscale if you think they might be helpful. 

Grab them below.  They are optional. 

You might have a wonderful idea for just building words. Or making number lines.

I prefer simple, easy, and inexpensive centers! Here is something pretty basic.  The best part?  You can tweak it as you like and build on it if you want.

Have fun!  Isn’t that one of the benefits of learning anyway?

What do you think your students might use the chips for in your classroom?

~Charity

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