The Christmas season is upon us, which also means that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has arrived. Even at school, December is booked up with parties, performances, and crafts. Although these things are fun, it’s important to make time to help our students master grade-level content too.
If you’re looking to keep your students engaged as they practice important 2nd grade math standards like place value, counting coins, subtraction with borrowing, and more, these Christmas math activities are guaranteed to be a class favorite!
Christmas Math Activities for 2nd Grade
December 2nd Grade Math Centers
Review important 2nd grade math standards and skills with these hands-on and ENGAGING math center activities which include 10 different math activities.
Rounding Math Activity
Whether your students are practicing rounding to the nearest ten or the nearest hundred, this rounding math activity will give them the practice that they need.
Students will round the number on each task card to the nearest ten or hundred and then sort it under the correct category. Students will record their answers on the recording sheet. With two sets to choose from, you can easily differentiate your math centers.
Gingerbread Place Value Task Cards
If your students are working on standard, expanded, and word form, these gingerbread-themed place value task cards are a great way to give them extra practice.
Students will work on solving place value word problems such as:
- “What is the value of the underlined digit?”
- Sorting numbers based on whether their digits are in the same place value
- Solving picture equations using place value
- Using place value models to write numbers in word and expanded form
- Finding which number doesn’t belong in a group (numbers represented in base-ten blocks, expanded, word, and number form)
Inside you’ll find a multiple-choice and open-ended task card set with 24 questions each. These place value 2nd grade activities can be used for math centers, scoots around the classroom, and more!
Number Representation Place Value Puzzle
This math center activity will help your 2nd graders visualize how numbers can be represented in different ways. This activity will demonstrate concrete ways of regrouping and building numbers.
For example, students will see that the number 345 can be represented as:
– 3 hundreds, 4 tens, 5 ones
– 3 hundreds, 45 ones
– 34 tens, 5 ones
With this number representation activity, students will build their puzzles by showing two different ways to represent a number.
Inside you’ll find two versions to differentiate your math centers. One version includes regrouping numbers in multiple ways. The second set includes representing numbers in the standard word, expanded, base-ten block, and number forms.
Addition & Subtraction Game Board
Being able to understand how to read a word problem and determine how it needs to be solved are important skills for our students to master.
These addition and subtraction game boards include Christmas-themed task cards that ask your students to either add or subtract to solve the problem. Two sets of task cards are included: one with multiple choice answers and one that is open-ended. These task cards are self-checking, so students can work in math centers to navigate across the game board.
Addition & Subtraction Picture Equations
Students will use number sense and fact fluency to solve these picture equation puzzles. Students will try to find the value of each picture in order to solve a new picture equation.
Two sets are included: a standard set and a challenge set which allows you to assign the set that meets each of your students’ needs best.
True/False Subtraction Freebie
This hands-on true/false freebie gives students practice with sorting three-digit subtraction problems by using regrouping.
True/False Subtraction Sorting Activity
This true and false subtraction sorting activity helps your students practice 3-digit subtraction using regrouping.
For this activity, students are given a subtraction equation with an answer. They must solve the problem using regrouping to determine if the difference on the card is true or false. Students will then sort the card into the correct bag and record the answer on their recording sheet. You’ll find a set with single regrouping and a set with double regrouping.
Comparing Numbers Task Cards
This comparing numbers task cards activity asks your students to determine if the amounts are greater than, less than, or equal to one another. Numbers on each card are written in standard or expanded form.
Students will write <, >, or = using an expo marker or using velcro to stick the correct sign between the two numbers.
Counting Coins Activity
This counting coins activity asks your students to count the coins depicted on a cup of milk. They will find the chocolate chip cookie with the same value. This math center activity will help your 2nd graders review the coin
North Pole Bakery – Real-World Math Skills
Let your students be the cashier as they calculate customer totals for different items on the North Pole Sweet Shop’s menu and then determine how much change each customer will receive.
Your students will have task cards with each customer’s order and how much cash they paid with. This activity is great for helping your students practice subtracting as well as working with money.
Shape Sorting Task Cards
Give your students practice with identifying different shapes – think quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and more – with these Christmas-themed shape sorting task cards.
Your students will record the number of each shape in a table. After, your students will use the numbers to create either a picture graph or a bar graph to represent the data.
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I hope that these Christmas math activities for 2nd grade are a hit with your students this holiday season!