Numeration Centers



This page provides examples of math center activities aligned with the Numeration continuum of the Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics (Board of Education of the City of New York, 2001; State Education Department). These math centers can be used by teachers or parents to support students' progress within a stage, or to facilitate movement to the next stage, on the continuum.  For math centers aligned with the Counting continuum see here.  For math centers aligned with the Addition and Subtraction continuum see here.  For more information on using ECAM centers as an ongoing routine in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms see here.

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. 

Next Steps:
- Recognize all numerals from 0 to 10 and understand the correct order of  these numbers 

Possible Centers:
Cover Up
Magic Fan

Number Puzzles 
Writing Numerals (1-10)
Missing Numbers 1-10
My Counting Book

Counting Rhymes

For more Centers aligned with stage A see 
this document.

Stage B: 
These children recognize all numerals from zero to ten, and understand the correct order of these numbers.

Next Steps:
- Recognize and compare two-digit numerals
- Name the number that comes after a two-digit number

Possible Centers:
Build a Number Line
Greater Than
Less Than
Comparing Two Digit Numbers
Greater than 50

For more Centers aligned with stage B see this document.


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.

Next Steps:
- 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

Possible Centers:
Teen Counting Cup

Ten Ones and More Ones (ver. 1)
Teen Match
Teen Puzzles
Build a Train 

Tens and Ones with Snap Cubes
Four in a Row on a Hundreds Chart (ver. 1)
Four in a Row on a Hundreds Chart (ver. 2)
Number Grid Puzzles

For more Centers aligned with stage C see this document.

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.

Next Steps:
- Recognize three-digit numerals
- Demonstrate developing understanding of the place value of three-digit numbers 
- Compare and order numbers to 999

Possible Centers:
Missing Numbers (3 Digits)
Base 10 Concentration (ver.2)

Roll Three Digits
Numeral Writing Barrier Game
Comparing 3 Digit Numbers
Place Value Challenge (ver. 1)
Four in a Row on a Hundreds Chart (ver. 3)

For more Centers aligned with stage D see this document.


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.

Next Steps:
- Recognize and order numerals beyond 1000
- Demonstrate secure understanding of place value

Possible Centers:
Roll Four Digits

Place Value Challenge (ver. 2) 

For more Centers aligned with stage E see this document.

Stage F: 
These children can recognize and order numerals beyond 1000. They demonstrate a solid understanding of place value.

Possible Centers:

Place Value Triangle (begin with 4 rows of cards. Build to 5 and 6 rows as students are ready)


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