1st Grade Math Centers



This page provides samples of 1st grade measurement and data 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.

Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units 

1.MD.A.1 Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
Possible Activities:
Which is Longest?
Scoop and Order

1.MD.A.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object is being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.
Possible Activities:
Measuring with Sticks
Measuring with Snap Cubes
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Measuring Shoes
Measuring with Dominoes
Ordering Cuisenaire Rods
Which is Longer?

Tell and write time

1.MD.B.3 Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks
Possible Activities:
Time Barrier Game (v.1)
My Favorite Time of Day
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Time Match (v. 1)
Time Match (v. 2)

Represent and interpret data

1.MD.C.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category; and how many more or less are in one category than another.
Which Has Fewer? (v. 1)
Draw a Graph (v. 1-3)
Also included in 1st Grade Math Centers:
Which Has Fewer (v. 2)