2nd Grade Number Activities

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This page provides examples of 2nd Grade Number Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are
designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking.  All files are in PDF format and can be accessed using Adobe Reader.

2nd Grade Math Journals
K-2 Addition and Subtraction Strategies
Math Projects K-2
2nd Grade Math Word Wall
2nd Grade Math Bundle


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2nd Grade Numbers of the Week Use for morning work or as homework.

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction 
2.OA.1 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one and two step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g. by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

Possible Activities:
Add to: Change Unknown (to 100)
Add to: Start Unknown (to 100) 
Take From: Change Unknown (to 100) 
Take From: Start Unknown  (to 100) 
Word Problems (One Step)
Word Problems (Two Step)

Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
One Hunter
P. Bear's New Year's Party
The Napping House
Two of Everything

Add and subtract within 20
2.OA.2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication
2.OA.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g. by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Possible Activities:
Even Odd Scoop
Even Odd Song
Odd and Even Read-Alouds

2.OA.4 Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
Possible Activities:
Making Arrays
Building Arrays
Making Different Sized Squares

2nd Grade Number Read-Alouds


Understand place value
2.NBT.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones. Understand the following as special cases:
a. 100 can be thought of as a bundle of ten tens – called a “hundred.”
b. The numbers 100, 200,300,400,500,600,700,800,900 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine hundreds (and 0 tens and 0 ones).

Possible Activities:
Base 10 Concentration (3 Digit)
Five Ways
Representing Numbers with 4 Blocks
Order Up

2nd Grade Number Activities

2.NBT.2 Count within 1000; skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.
Possible Activities:
Count by Fives Game
Counting Collections
Skip Counting Cards
** Count by Tens Game
Math Read Aloud Task Card:
Two Ways to Count to Ten

2.NBT.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten notation, number names, and expanded form.
Possible Activities:
Make Six Numbers 
Number Word Concentration
Representing Numbers in 4 Ways
Roll 3 Digits
Number Writing Barrier Game

2.NBT.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols.
Possible Activities:
Comparing 3 Digit Numbers
Place Value Challenge (3 Digits)

Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
2.NBT.5 Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.

2.NBT.6 Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Possible Activities:
Make 100
Two-digit Addition Word Problems

2.NBT.7 Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.

2.NBT.8 Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number 100-900 and mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number 100-900.

Possible Activities:
+10 Skip Counting Paths
Add & Subtract 100 on the Empty No. Line
** Race Around + 10 (ver. 1)

Race Around + 10 (ver. 2)
Race Around -10 (ver. 1)

Race Around -10 (ver. 2)

2.NBT.9 Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.
Possible Activities:
Finding Sums

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