Calling all 1st & 2nd-grade teachers! Get ready for back to school with our August Math Centers. Back to school is all about reviewing and making sure that students have the basics from their previous grade mastered. Let’s push back on some of that summer slide and make sure our kids are ready for all the exciting new material. These August Math Centers are a great way to begin a new year!
August Math Center Skills for 1st & 2nd Grade
|Math Skill||1st Grade||2nd Grade|
|NUMBER SEQUENCING||1 & 2 Digit Numbers||1,2 & 3 Digit Numbers|
|ADDITION||Addition to 10||Addition to 18|
|SUBTRACTION||Subtraction within 10||Subtraction Within 18|
|MORE THAN, LESS THAN||One More, One Less||Ten More, Ten Less|
|PATTERNS||Next 3 Shapes (AB, ABB, ABC)||Next 3 Shapes (ABCAABC, ABCC, ABBB, etc.)|
|BASE TEN BLOCKS||2 Digit||3 Digit|
|COUNTING||Counting to 100||x|
|EXPANDED FORM||x||2-Digit + Odd & Even|
|SUBITIZING||Subitizing to 10||x|
|STORY PROBLEMS||x||Basic Addition & Subtraction|
|GREATER,LESS, EQUAL||2-Digit Numbers||2-Digit Numbers|
Let’s dig into August center activities to practice each of these beginning of the year math skills!
Number Sequencing August Math Centers
Building number sense is an essential building block for 1st and 2nd graders. Reinforce this vital skill with a fun apple-themed number sequencing center. For extra support, give your students a number line or a 100 chart.
Addition & Subtraction Centers
Have students jump into addition and subtraction with puzzles. To solve these puzzles, they can use their mental math skills or practice using the manipulatives of their choice! The 1st-grade version has addition and subtraction within 10. The 2nd-grade version goes up to 18.
Missing Addends Center
In this center, students will use colorful crayon boxes to practice finding the missing addend in an addition equation.
More & Less Centers
In the 1st grade version of this center, students practice one more, one less while the 2nd-grade version increases the difficulty by asking for 10 more, 10 less. Both grades use this center to continue building that all-important number sense.
Both grades get to practice recognizing and continuing patterns in the “Next Three Shapes” center. Make this center more interactive by asking your students to model each card with actual pattern blocks!
Base Ten Centers
Let’s review base ten! Students match the standard form of a number with its base ten form in this center. In the 1st grade version, they’ll match two-digit numbers and in the 2nd-grade version, they’ll be using 3-digit numbers.
Greater, Less, and Equal Center
Review inequalities with this open-ended center. Students practice building their own inequalities then write them down on their recording sheet.
Counting to 100 and Subitizing to 10 Centers
These skills are included in the 1st-grade centers. Students get the chance to practice counting using mystery numbers and hundreds charts. They will use a fun cut and paste activity to work on subitizing.
Expanded Form & Story Problems Centers
These two skills are featured in the 2nd grade August centers. Students organize numbers written in both expanded and written form into groups of even and odd numbers. Finally, they’ll review what they learned about basic story problems to solve 10 back-to-school themed word problems.
August Math Centers
Each grade level includes 10 math centers that are aligned with either 1st or 2nd grade standards and themed to match the month of August! Each center comes in full color and black and white to meet your printing needs. They also come with a direction sign, recording sheet, and answer key. For added flexibility, each center comes in three digital formats — Google Slides, Seesaw, and PowerPoint.
1st Grade Centers
2nd Grade Centers
Math Centers All Year
Math centers make targeting specific skills and differentiation so much easier. It allows you time to work with a small group of students while the rest of your students are working productively and independently. If you want to know more about how to use math centers in your classroom check out our post with everything you need to know about math centers.
We also have center activities for the rest of the year!
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