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# May Math Centers for 2nd Grade

Written by: Angie Olson

The end of the year can be tricky when it comes to keeping students engaged and learning.  These digital and printable May math centers can be the perfect way to take your math block up a notch so you can keep your students learning through the end of the school year!

The May Math Centers feature the following 2nd grade math concepts:

• Symmetry
• Composing Shapes
• Counting Money
• Beginning Multiplication
• Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minutes
• Fractions
• Odd & Even Numbers
• 3-Digit Subtraction
• Comparing 3-Digit Numbers

## Math Centers

Math centers are such an important time of the school day.  If you are curious about how to fit it in, how to decide which students to put in which group, how to structure your math block time, how to introduce and implement math centers in the classroom, or the best ways to organize all the moving parts, I have compiled lots of great tips and tricks for you right here!

## Symmetry Math Center

Symmetry is a concept that works best with hands-on approaches.  All you need for this activity is pattern blocks.  Students choose a task card and create the shapes from the task card onto the symmetry mat.  Then students create the opposite side creating a symmetrical design.  A recording sheet is provided for students for accountability with their work.

## Composing Shapes Math Center

To compose a shape means to use shapes to create a new shape.  Composing shapes is an important math skill for students to master.  You can achieve this through the use of pattern blocks and task cards.  Students choose a task card and the pattern blocks to compose the new shape.  A recording sheet is provided so students can draw the shapes. This allows for an easy accuracy check by the teacher.

## Counting Money Math Center

All you need for the Counting Money May Center is the counting money matching card.  Sometimes students benefit from manipulating the coins to count so this is also an option.  In this activity, students choose a card with coins and add to find the total.  Then the students find the card that matches the coin total. Last, students write their answers on the recording sheet.

## Multiplication Math Center

2nd grade is the first time students are exposed to the basics of multiplication.  An effective way to teach this is through exposure to equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, and basic multiplication problems.  This center activity involves students choosing an equal groups card.  Then students find the matching card that represents the equal groups.  Once the match has been made, the answer is written on the recording sheet.  Optional counters can be used to represent the equal groups or arrays.

## Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minutes Math Center

2nd graders are required to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.   In this telling time center, students choose an analog clock card and determine the time on the clock.  Then they find the matching digital time card.  Answers are written on the recording sheet.

## Fractions Math Center

2nd graders learn about fractions through partitioning shapes into equal groups and determining the fraction for the shaded part of a shape.  Kids love legos so why not combine fractions and legos?!  This math center involves the student choosing a lego card and determining the fraction for the shaded part.  Then students find the matching fraction card and writes the answer on the recording sheet for accountability.

## Odd and Even Numbers Math Center

Once students have learned how to determine if a number is odd or even, they can move onto larger numbers.  This odd and even number math center is fun!  Students are given odd and even pond mats.  Then students choose a fish card with a 3-digit number.  The fish cards are placed on the correct mat and the answer is written on the recording sheet.

2nd grade is a huge year for students to learn to add and subtract multi-digit problems.  By the end of 2nd grade students should be able to add 3-digit numbers.  These math puzzles are a huge hit!  Students choose an addition card.  Students can choose to use whatever strategies they know to solve these problems.  Then students find the answer card to match the addition card.  Last, students write answers on the recording sheet.

## 3-Digit Subtraction Math Center

3-digit subtraction is another skill that 2nd graders need to be able to master before going into 3rd grade. Students choose a subtraction card and use whatever strategy they know to solve the problem.  Then students write their answer on the recording sheet. The subtraction card is placed under the correct heading.

## Comparing 3-Digit Numbers Math Center

Place value is an essential skill for students to master in 2nd grade.  One of the place value concepts includes the ability to compare numbers by using a greater than, less than, and/or equal symbol.  For this center, students choose a card and determine which comparing symbol to use.  Students can use a dry erase marker to write the correct symbol.  Then the student writes the answer on the recording sheet.

## Math Centers

We have centers for every month of the year and then some! Follow the links below for more.

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# 1 Comment

1. Angie,
Your 2nd grade math centers amaze me! I love all things you create.