1st Grade Math Centers




This page provides samples of 1st grade geometry activities suitable for use in math centers, small group, or whole class settings. All activities are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Download the sample activities under each standard or purchase the 1st Grade Math Centers eBook and have all the Number, Geometry, Measurement and Data Centers you’ll need for the entire school year in one convenient digital file

Reason with shapes and their attributes

1.G.A.1 Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g. triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size); build and draw shapes to possess defining attributes.
Possible Activities:
My 2D Shape Book
Geoboard Squares
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
Mouse Shapes
When a Line Bends ...
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Comparing 2D Shapes
Comparing 3D Shapes

1.G.A.2 Compose two-dimensional shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or three-dimensional shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape and compose new shapes from the composite shape.

Possible Activities:
Putting Shapes Together
Pattern Block Triangles
Tangram Squares
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
Grandfather Tang's Story
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Make a Hexagon
Pattern Block Numbers
Tangram Triangles

Shape Patterns

1.G.A.3 Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.

Possible Activity:
Equal Parts of a Square (ver. 1)
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Fraction Pictures
Equal Parts of a Square (ver. 2)