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September Math Centers for 1st & 2nd Grade

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Written by: Krys Warstillo

September is an exciting time! Some of us are just beginning the school year while others are really getting into the swing of things. Either way, we have some great math centers for back-to-school. The September math centers are focused on skills your students learned in the previous grade.

September math centers for 1st and 2nd grade

What Skills Are Included?

1st Grade: September Math Centers

  • Comparing Values Grab & Compare
  • Addition to 10 Crayon Puzzles
  • Subtraction within 10 Apple Puzzles
  • Number Words Match Em’ Up
  • Odd or Even Prove It
  • Counting to 20 Apple Fun
  • Part Part Whole What’s Missing
  • Adding on a Number Line Mr. Hopper
  • Number Representation Four Ways
  • Fact Families Roll the Family

2nd Grade: September Math Centers

  • Story Problems All Things Adding (addition to 18)
  • Comparing Values Grab & Compare (2-digit numbers)
  • Addition to 18 Crayon Puzzles
  • Subtraction within 18 Apple Puzzles
  • Number Words Match Em’ Up (0-99)
  • Story Problems All Things Subtracting (subtraction within 18)
  • Part Part Whole What’s Missing
  • Odd or Even Prove It (2-digit numbers)
  • Fact Families Roll the Family
  • Graphing School Supplies

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 have centers for every month of the year and then some!

math centers for 2nd grade

Printable & Digital Math Centers

All of your students can benefit from these back-to-school themed math centers, no matter where they are. The September Math Centers can be printed for in-person learning or you can use the Google Slides, SeeSaw, or Powerpoint versions and assign them digitally. 

Comparing Numbers 

If your students used the August math center then this math center will flow right from the inequality centers of last month. For 1st graders, they will use inequalities to compare numbers on dominoes. Second graders will be asked to compare 2-digit numbers.

Addition & Subtraction

Your students will continue mastering their addition and subtraction skills with our fun crayon and apple puzzles. The centers are the same for both grades. First grade works with numbers within 10 and second grade works with numbers within 18.

back to school addition and subtraction math centers for 1st and 2nd grade

Odd & Even 

Using counters your students will be asked to prove whether a number is odd or even. Pro tip- If you need some individual printable counters in this “no sharing” world check out our Lucky Little Toolkit. For this center, 1st grade will work with numbers 1-20 and 2nd grade will be working with larger 2-digit numbers.

odd and even math center activities for 1st and 2nd grade

Part Part Whole

If your students used the August centers, they can take the skills they mastered in the missing addend activities and use them in these part part whole centers. For 1st grade students, we have a center that uses dominoes to help your students visualize the numbers. The center becomes a bit more complex for 2nd graders who will use standard form numbers.

part part whole math activities for 1st and 2nd grade

Number Words

Reading number words is an important skill for your learners, especially when they start working with word problems. Your students will play Match ‘Em Up to practice connecting the standard form to the written form of numbers (1-20 for 1st & 0-99 for 2nd).

number words matching math center activity for 1st and 2nd grade

Fact Families

Both grades will have the opportunity to practice creating fact families. Students will be asked to complete the Roll-A-Family activity. The second-grade center will use larger numbers to increase the difficulty.

math fact family dice activity

Counting, Number Lines, & Number Representation

For first graders, there are a few more fun centers to mention. First graders will work on counting to 20 in Apple Fun. They will work on adding using a number line with cute frog counters. Finally, they will practice representing numbers in four different ways.

counting to twenty math center for 1st grade

Story Problems & Graphing

Second graders have two more skills to practice in September’s centers. In two separate centers, they will have addition and subtraction within 18 task cards to work on. In another center, they will be asked to graph school supplies.

graphing and story problem math center activities for 2nd grade

September Math Centers

Each bundle includes 10 math centers that are aligned with either 1st or 2nd grade standards. Each center comes in full color and black and white to meet your printing needs. Also, each center comes with a direction sign, recording sheet, and answer key. Since teaching in a COVID world can be unpredictable, each center comes in three digital formats — Google Slides, Seesaw, and PowerPoint.


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1st Grade September Math Centers

sound wall and phonics posters

1st Grade Math Centers for the Entire Year


sound wall and phonics posters

2nd Grade September Math Centers

sound wall and phonics posters

2nd Grade Math Centers for the Entire Year

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september math centers for 1st and 2nd grade


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