This page provides examples of math center activities aligned with the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics (Board of Education of the City of New York, 2001; State Education Department) continuum for numeration. These activities can be used by teachers or parents to support students' progress within a stage or to promote movement to the next stage on the continuum. For more information on using these centers in your classroom see the ECAM Centers page.
Stage A: These children are just
beginning to recognize numerals. They may name some numerals from zero
to ten. They do not yet understand the order of these numbers.
- Recognize all numerals from 0 to 10 and understand the correct order of these numbers.
Number Puzzles 1-10
Writing Numerals (1-10)
Missing Numbers 1-10
Dice Race (1-6)
Stage B: These children recognize all numerals from zero to ten, and understand the correct order of these numbers.
- Recognize and compare two-digit numerals.
- Name the number that comes after a two-digit number.
Build a Number Line
Comparing Two Digit Numbers
Missing Number Grids 1-50
Stage C: These children are beginning to recognize and compare many two-digit numerals. They may confuse similar ‘sounding’ numbers such as thirty and thirteen. They can tell the number that comes after a two-digit number.
- Develop an understanding of the place value of two-digit numbers.
- Understand that ten ones are grouped to form one ten.
- Order two digit numbers.
- Tell the number before a given two-digit number.
Teen Counting Cup
Ten Ones and More Ones (ver. 1)
Build a Train
Tens and Ones with Snap Cubes
Make Ten Bundles
Number Grid Puzzles
Stage D: These children are beginning to understand the place value of a two-digit number. They understand that ten ones are grouped to form one ten. They can order two-digit numbers, and can tell the number before a given two-digit number.
- Recognize three-digit numerals.
- Demonstrate developing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers.
- Compare and order numbers to 999.
Missing Numbers (3 Digits)
Base 10 Concentration (ver.2)
Representing Numbers with 4 Blocks
Make Six Numbers
Roll Three Digits
Numeral Writing Barrier Game
Comparing 3 Digit Numbers
Place Value Challenge (ver. 1)
Stage E: These children are able to recognize three-digit numerals. They have a growing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers. They can compare and order numbers to 999.
- Recognize and order numerals beyond 1000.
- Demonstrate secure understanding of place value.
Roll Four Digits
Place Value Challenge (4 Digits)
Stage F: These children can recognize and order numerals beyond 1000. They demonstrate a solid understanding of place value.
Place Value Triangle (begin with 4 rows of cards. Build to 5 and 6 rows as students are ready)