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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 for the 2nd Grade Number Activities listed are in PDF format and can be accessed using Adobe Reader.


                2nd GRADE NUMBER ACTIVITIES: OPERATIONS AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING

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

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
2.OA1 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 Problems (to 100)
Add to: Start Unknown Problems (to 100)
Take From: Change Unknown Problems (to 100)
Take From: Start Unknown Problems (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.OA2 Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Possible Activities:
Sum Search
Fact Family House
Doubles Memory
Doubles Bump
Doubles Path
Doubles Plus One
Doubles Plus Two
Doubles Minus One
Four in a Row with Near Doubles
11 More
Near 20

Magic Star Puzzle
Magic Triangles
Magic Square
Nine Plus
Number Relationship Mat

Free 2nd Grade Math Games!

Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication
2.OA3 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 Grab
Even Odd Song
Odd and Even Read-Alouds

Nine Plus Game

2nd Grade Math Bundle

2.OA4 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 E-Books (click on a cover for more information)

2nd Grade Math Journals
Math Projects K-2
K-2 Addition and Subtraction Strategies
2nd Grade Math Vocabulary

                 2nd GRADE NUMBER ACTIVITIES: NUMBER AND OPERATIONS IN BASE TEN

Understand place value
2.NBT1 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:
Five Ways
Representing Numbers with 4 Blocks
Order Up

2nd Grade Number Activities

2.NBT2 Count within 1000; skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.
Possible Activities:
Count by Fives Game
Count by Tens Game
Counting Collections
Skip Counting Cards

Math Read Aloud Task Card:
Two Ways to Count to Ten

2.NBT3 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.NBT4 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.NBT5 Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Possible Activities:
Close to 100
Close to Zero
Subtraction Strategy: Counting Up 
2 Digit Addition Split

2 Digit Subtraction Split
Four in a Row with Near Doubles (Version 2)
Four in a Row with Near Doubles (Version 3)

Keep on Doubling
Number Wheel Spin
2-Digit Addition & Subtrac. on the Empty No. Line

2.NBT6 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.NBT7 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.

Possible Activities:
2 Digit Addition Trains (ver. 1)
2 Digit Addition Trains (ver. 2)
Base 10 Buildings
Base Ten Bag: Addition
Base Ten Bag: Subtraction

Base Ten Pictures
3 Digit Addition Split
3 Digit Subtraction Split
Friendly Numbers: Subtraction

2.NBT8 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.NBT9 Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations.
Possible Activities:
Finding Sums


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