Do you find it hard to plan 2nd grade math centers that are engaging *and* align with all 2nd grade math skills and standards (Common Core, TEKS, etc) that you can use **all year?**

This post is filled with tons of helpful resources to help you find the best 2nd grade math centers for your classroom!

## Why Use 2nd Grade Math Centers?

Math centers provide the perfect time for students to practice, review, and apply the strategies they’ve been learning. Students have math centers every day, and it is often their favorite time of the day!

Aligning your math centers to the 2nd grade math standards and skills they’re working on in the classroom is essential! Selecting skill-based math centers, whether from Common Core, TEKs, or other state standards reinforces everything students are working on in math!

**If you’re not sure how to get math centers implemented in your classroom, you’ll want to check out this post on getting started with guided math!*

There are 4 critical focus areas in 2nd grade math standards: operations & algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, measurement & data, and geometry.

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### 2nd Grade Math Centers for Operations & Algebraic Thinking

First, the operations and algebraic thinking standards require 2nd grade students to develop addition and subtraction fluency, solving one and two-step word problems, and building the foundation for multiplication using arrays and equal groups.

**You can find math centers to match each operations and algebraic thinking standard: **

**Word Problems:**Solve one and two-step addition and subtraction word problems within 100.**Fact Fluency:**Add and subtract fluently within 20.**Even & Odd:**Determine whether a group of objects has an even or odd number of members.**Foundations for Multiplication:**Understand the foundations for multiplication using repeated addition, arrays, and equal groups.

### 2nd Grade Math Centers for Numbers & Operations in Base Ten

Next, the numbers & operations in base ten standards for 2nd grade is mostly focused on place value. Second graders develop a deep understanding of place value to 1,000, as well as using place value strategies to add and subtract within 1,000.

**Click below to find multiple math centers that align with each numbers & operations in base ten standard:**

**Understanding Place Value:**Understand the three digits of a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, and ones).**Skip Counting:**Skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s within 1000.**Place Value:**Read & write numbers up to 1000 using number names, expanded form, word form, etc.**Comparing Numbers:**Compare three-digit numbers using greater than, less than, or equal.**Two-Digit Addition & Subtraction:**Fluently add and subtract within 100 using place value strategies.**Adding Multiple Numbers:**Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies.**Three-Digit Addition & Subtraction:**Add and subtract within 1000 using a variety of strategies.**10 and 100 More/Less:**Mentally add and subtract 10 or 100 with any given number.**Explaining Strategies:**Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work using place value.

### 2nd Grade Measurement and Data Math Centers

There is a lot to cover when it comes to 2nd grade measurement and data standards. First, students must select measurement tools, estimate measurements, compare measurements, and measure objects twice using different units. Whew!

2nd grade math standards also have students working on relating addition and subtraction to length, use number lines, tell time, count money, and work with graphs. Another WHEW!

**You can find 2nd grade math centers to match each measurement & data standard:**

**Measurement Tools:**Select the appropriate measurement tool to measure length.**Measuring Twice:**Measure the length of an object twice using different units.**Estimate Lengths:**Estimate length units of inches, feet, yards, etc.**Compare Measurements:**Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another.**Length Word Problems:**Solve measurement word problems involving length within 100.**Number Lines:**Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line.**Time:**Tell time to the nearest five minutes.**Money:**Count coins (quarters, nickels, dimes, pennies) up to one dollar.**Line Plots:**Generate measurement data and represent it on a line plot.**Graphing:**Draw picture graphs and bar graphs to represent data.

### 2nd Grade Math Centers for Geometry

Finally, there are only 3 second grade Common Core geometry standards! In the geometry standards, students study the sides and angles, draw and recognize shapes, and partition shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths.

**You can find math centers to match each geometry standard:**

**2D Shapes:**Recognize and draw 2D shapes and describe shape attributes.**Partitioning Shapes:**Partition rectangles into rows and columns of same-size squares.**Halves, Thirds, & Fourths:**Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares.

## Need 2nd Grade Math Centers for Every Standard?

For every skill, there are 3-5 math centers that your students will love! All centers can be used at ANY time of the year! **They are not seasonal!**