Spring has arrived! It’s a good time to review the 2nd grade math standards you’ve been teaching all school year and get students ready for testing season.
Check out these spring math activities to add instant engagement to your math centers while helping students review grade level content.
Learn more about planning and organizing math centers here!
Spring Math Activities for 2nd Grade
2nd Grade April Math Centers
Review important 2nd grade math standards and skills with these hands-on and ENGAGING spring-themed math center activities!
Clip the Attributes of a Shape Task Cards
This interactive activity gives students practice with identifying the different attributes of a shape. Each task card depicts a 2D shape along with a list of attributes along the edge of the card. Students must determine which attributes apply to each individual shape and then “clip” them using a clothespin.
Number Pattern Task Cards
Skip counting is a skill that students practice and build upon each year. This skill helps students with counting, adding, and eventually – multiplying.
These flower-themed task cards feature number patterns that are missing a few numbers. Students must practice skip counting to determine which number should go in each missing spot. Students will then find the flower with the corresponding number and place it into their number pattern task card. Two-digit and three-digit number pattern sequences allow for easy differentiation during math workshop.
This subtraction true/false sort helps students practice 2 or 3-digit subtraction using regrouping. Students will sort task cards into two bunny-themed paper bags. One bag has a true label and the other has a false label.
For this activity, students are given a subtraction problem with its corresponding answer. They must solve the problem themselves using regrouping and decide if the answer on the card is true or false. Students will record their answers on the recording sheet and will justify their answers if they choose “false”.
Equal Groups Task Cards
In second grade, we introduce students to the basics of multiplication by creating equal groups. As students build a strong foundation with this skill, they prepare themselves to solve more difficult multiplication problems in third grade.
These equal groups task cards were designed to help students solve mathematical problems by matching multiplication sentences to spring-themed equal group task picture cards.
A differentiated option includes statements like “____ groups of ____” instead of multiplication sentences.
Spin & Add 2-Digit Addition
I love adding spinners to activities because they are such an easy way to increase student engagement. In this 2-digit spin and add activity, students spin two spinners to create three 2-digit numbers. They then record the numbers and add them all up.
Simply laminate the Spin and Add mat and give students an Expo marker so they can record their number as they spin. Once they finish they can transfer the information onto their answer sheet before wiping the mat clean.
Comparing Coin Values Task Cards
Looking for counting coins activities? This comparing coin value activity asks students to find the sum of two different bags of coins. Students will determine if the amounts are greater than, less than, or equal to one another.
Students will either write <, >, = using an expo marker or use velcro to stick the correct sign between the two coin values. B.
A differentiated set includes coins without images, helping students practice coin names and values.
Array Task Cards
Looking for an engaging way of practicing arrays for 2nd graders? Being able to look at an array and create a multiplication equation to match is a skill that helps students begin to understand the process of multiplication and how it works.
Students will take a look at these array task cards and determine what multiplication equation it shows. They will then record their answer on the corresponding recording sheet.
Fraction Puzzle Game
Incorporating games and puzzles into instruction are a great way to increase student engagement. If you’re looking for hands-on fractions activities for second graders, this fraction puzzle game is just what your students need.
To play, students will practice pairing up a figure with the fraction it represents written in word form. This activity gives students practice with interpreting parts of a whole, while also recognizing the words that represent those fractions.
If you’re practicing standard, expanded, and word form with your students, Number Puzzles are a helpful way for students to understand the relationship between these different number formats.
Cut the puzzle task cards apart and have students practice putting them back together! Students will enjoy building these number puzzles as they practice representing numbers in different ways.
Need to differentiate? This resource includes two separate puzzle packs to help you meet the needs of all students. Choose the hundreds number puzzles or thousands number puzzles depending on what works best for your students.
Multi-Step Word Problems
As students advance grades, multi-step word problems are something they’ll see a lot of! These multi-step word problem task cards feature spring-themed scenarios for students to solve.
Including questions with multiple choice answers or open-ended questions, you can choose the set that works best for your students.
Need morning work that is aligned with 2nd grade standards? Check out these 2nd grade review worksheets.
2nd Grade No Prep Worksheets
These 2nd grade review worksheets are perfect for no prep morning work, early finisher work, and more!
I hope that these spring math activities help your students brush up on those necessary 2nd grade math skills in an exciting way!