2nd Grade Math Centers



This page provides samples of 2nd 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 2nd 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 and estimate lengths in standard units 

2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Sample Activities:
Measuring Paths
Measuring with a Meter Stick
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:

Measuring Strips

2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.

Sample Activity:
Measure it Twice
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:

Measuring with Two Units
Measuring in Inches and Feet
Measuring in Centimeters and Meters

2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Sample Activity:
Estimating Measures in Meters
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
Estimating Length
Estimating Centimeter Measures

2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard unit length.
Sample Activities:

Comparing Lengths in Centimeters
Gummy Worm Stretch
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:

Are You A Square or a Rectangle? 
Comparing Lengths in Meters
How Far Can You Jump?
Measuring Cuisenaire Rods

Relate addition and subtraction to length

2.MD.B.5 Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Sample Activity:
Length Word Problems

2.MD.B.6 Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0,1,2 …, and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
 in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
Jumping Frogs (v. 1)
Jumping Frogs (v. 2)

Work with time and money

2.MD.C.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Sample Activity:
Time Barrier Game (v. 2)
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
Time Match (v. 3 & 4)
Time Bump (v. 1-3)
a.m. or p.m.?
One Hour Earlier, One Hour Later

2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies using $ and cent symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Sample Activities:
Money Board
Which Has the Greater Value?
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
A Quarter from the Tooth Fairy    
A Chair for My Mother 
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
Coin Sort
Coin Scoop (v. 1-3)
Coin Barrier Game
Money Word Problems
Joe's Fruit and Vegetable Store

Make One Dollar

Represent and interpret data

2.MD.D.9 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Sample Activity:
Measurement Line Plot

2.MD.D.10 Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Sample Activity:
Button Bar Graph
Also included in 2nd Grade Math Centers:
Button Picture Graph
Collecting and Representing Data


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