Struggling with planning 2nd grade math centers that are engaging and align with Common Core that you can use all year? You’ll love this post with tons of helpful links to help you find the best 2nd grade math centers for your classroom!
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The Importance Math Centers for Common Core
Math centers provide the perfect time for students to practice, review, and apply the strategies they’ve been learning. My students have math centers every day, and it’s definitely a favorite!
Aligning your math centers to the standards and skills you’re working on in the classroom is essential! Selecting standards-based Common Core math centers reinforces everything you’re 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 Common Core math standards.
2nd Grade Operations & Algebraic Thinking Math Centers
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:
- 2.OA.1 – Word Problems
- 2.OA.2 – Fact Fluency
- 2.OA.3 – Even & Odd
- 2.OA.4 – Multiplication
- Mini Bundle of all OA centers
2nd Grade 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.
You can find math centers to match each numbers & operations in base ten standard:
- 2.NBT.6 – Adding 4 2-Digit Numbers
- 2.NBT.7 – 3-Digit Add & Subtract
- 2.NBT.8 – Add & Subtract 10 & 100
- 2.NBT.9 – Explaining Strategies
- Mini Bundle of all NBT centers
2nd Grade Measurement & Data
Next, 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!
Second grade Common Core 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 math centers to match each measurement & data standard:
2nd Grade 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:
- 2.G.1 – Shapes & Shape Attributes
- 2.G.2 – Partitioning Shapes
- 2.G.3 – Halves, Thirds, & Fourths
- Mini Bundle of all Geometry centers
If you’ve finished reading this post and are thinking, I want these for ALL of the 2nd grade standards, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! Click the image below to find them all!