Halloween is here! What better way to celebrate than to bring these spooky math activities to life in your classroom?
With these ten different hands-on Halloween math activities targeting 2nd grade standards, you’ll add instant engagement to your math centers all while helping students master important content.
October Math Centers
These October math activities are perfect for math centers in your second grade classroom. Each of the 10 math activities targets a different 2nd grade standard. You’ll also find differentiated versions of each math activity to help you meet the needs of your students.
Halloween Math Activities for 2nd Grade
Get your students collaborating during math centers with these October-themed math activities!
Please note that answer sheets and answer keys are included with each activity.
Place Value Potions
If you’re practicing place value with your students, Place Value Potions are a helpful way for students to practice. For this activity, students will match place value blocks with the number form or expanded form version.
To play, students will sort through the cards to match the potion (number form or expanded form) with the correct cauldron (place value blocks).
Monster Mash Number Patterns
Understanding patterns is an important way for students to practice those important second grade skip-counting skills. These Monster Mash Patterns have a couple of missing numbers within the sequence that students need to fill in.
Two different versions are available: one with multiple-choice rules and one where students write the pattern rule.
Trick or Treat Subtraction Strategies
Subtracting two-digit numbers is a necessary math skill for second graders. These Subtraction Strategy task cards ask students to use the break-apart strategy to solve the equations.
Want to differentiate this activity? This resource includes two different sets of task cards to make differentiation easy. Choose whether you want your students to break apart single-digit or two-digit numbers when subtracting.
Wicked Word Problems
Word problems can be tricky for your 2nd graders. These word problem clip cards ask students to solve equations by adding or subtracting. Once they solve, students will “clip” the answer on the task card.
Differentiated task cards are included so that you can choose the set that works best for your students. Set One asks students to clip the number sentence that matches the equation. Set Two asks students to clip the sum or difference of the equation. Either way, students will gain practice with solving word problems using different strategies.
Haunted Equation Expedition
Two-digit subtraction doesn’t have to be too spooky. These Haunted Equation domino cards have students solve subtraction equations by linking up ghosts and gravestones.
Each gravestone features an equation while each ghost features an answer. Students must begin with the “Start” “domino”. They will solve the gravestone equations and find the “domino” with the matching difference. Once they’ve used all of the cards and reached the card that says “End” they’re finished!
Choose between two-digit minus one-digit or two-digit minus two-digit subtraction problems.
Do your students need practice with reading graphs and analyzing data? These graphing task cards feature questions about pumpkins, candy, and more, which adds a fun spin to reading and analyzing graphs. These graphing and data analysis task cards include questions with picture graphs, frequency tables, tally tables, and bar graphs.
Some questions will have students find the error in the graph, some will have students select the graph to match the data, and there are also questions asking students to add & subtract data.
Two task card options are available: one set with multiple-choice answers and one without answer choices.
Regrouping can be a tricky skill for students to master. That’s why providing extra practice is important! These ghost and frankenstein themed Spooky Subtraction cards provide students with opportunities to subtract both two-digit and three-digit numbers with regrouping.
Missing Number Mystery
Can your students solve a mystery? This Missing Number activity will give them a chance! Featuring equation strips with one number missing, students must decide which number goes in the missing spot.
The set of pumpkin-themed cards gives students practice with addition while the cauldron-themed cards give them practice with subtraction.
Creepy Coin Counting
Looking for a counting coins activity? This Creepy Coin Counting activity asks students to find the sum of the coins depicted on the pumpkin task card. Then, students must find a spider web task card with that same amount. If they find the corresponding web task card, they know that their answer is correct.
A fun twist on this game would be hosting a coin ‘scavenger hunt’. Give half of your students a coins card and the other half of the students a value card. Students must walk around the room to find their matching pair.
Sorting is an effective way for students to think more critically about math facts. This mummy game targets rounding. Students will sort task cards into two paper bags. One bag is labeled “round up” and the other is labeled “round down”.
For this activity, students look at the number on the candy task card and decide if the number needs to be rounded up or down. Students drop the card into the correct paper bag and round the number to the nearest ten or hundred.
Telling Time Boom Cards
Practicing telling time with your students? These free Telling Time Boom Cards are an exciting way to give students the practice they need.
I hope that these Halloween math activities for 2nd grade help your students practice those important math skills in an exciting way!