These activities will help SC 2nd Grade students reinforce their math skills outside of the classroom.

  • 100 is the answer, what could the question possibly be?
    Challenge yourself to think of more questions.
  • Pia was having a party. She put 10 stickers in each party bag. She made 12 bags with ten stickers in each one. How many stickers total were in her 12 bags?
  • Play Close to 100. (see directions) How does it help you to get better at addition?
  • Play Hidden Picture Addition.
  • Ask an adult to teach you a card trick. Practice the trick and try it out on a friend. What math was involved?
  • Plant a seed. Will it grow to be about 12 inches or 12 feet? How do you know? Measure and record the height twice a week to keep track of how high it grows.
  • Play a strategy game like Othello or Checkers. Did your strategy work? Will you try a different strategy the next time you play?
  • 500+60+8 is a number. Write it as a three-digit number. Write its name in words. Draw a picture to represent the number. Locate it on the number line.
  • You have $1.50 in your pocket. Make a list of 10 different combinations of coins you could have in your pocket.
  • Cut out a picture from a magazine or newspaper. Glue it to a piece of paper. Write a story problem to go along with the picture. Challenge a friend to solve it!
  • Find a flower with an odd number of petals. Do all flowers have the same number of petals?
  • Read Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy.
  • Find an animal, real or stuffed, to measure with inches and centimeters.
  • You won first place at a contest! You have two choices for the prize -You can take $20 home with you today OR $2 a day for the next 15 days. Which option earns more money? How much more?
  • Add the ages of all the people who live in your house. What is the sum? Is it greater than or less than 100? By how much?
  • Keep track of the temperature every day for the week. Draw a bar graph.
    Compare the difference in temperatures.
  • Using sidewalk chalk write as many number facts as you know in one minute.
  • Use all the digits 5, 7, and 2 to create different 3-digit numbers. What is the greatest number? What is the smallest number? How do you know?
  • Find at least 5 different ways to make $1.00 using nickels, dimes, and quarters.
  • Use <, =, or > to complete the following number sentences.
    657 457+100+100        923+10 953-10-10-10. Write one of your own.
  • Read Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream by Cindy Neuschwander.
  • Count all of the books in your house.
  • Write the numbers below in expanded form. (Ex. 583 = 500 +80 +3) 729 846 295
  • How many times can you hop on your left foot in a minute? Your right foot?
  • Compare the number of hops using the symbols <, > or =. What is the difference?
  • Find 20 coins in your house. What do they add up to? Is it more or less than $3.00
  • Ask an adult to listen to you as you:
    Count to 100 by 10’s
    Count to 100 by 5’s
    Count to 1000 by 100’s
  • Read, Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang.
  • Make up your own math riddle.
  • Compare and record some three-digit numbers using >, < and =.
    Example: 324 > 314 8
  • Play Hidden Picture Subtraction.
  • Go on a shape hunt for quadrilaterals. How many can you find? How are their attributes the same or different?
  • 115 + 6 = 113 +
    Copy this problem and fill in the blank. Explain how you got the answer.
  • If you start playing a game at 8 a.m. and play for 1 and a half hour, what time is it when you’re done? How do you know?
  • Read The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.
  • Follow along using toothpicks to make the polygons.
  • Use <, =, or > to complete the following number sentences.
    347+30 397−10−10
    926 726+100+10
    Can you write some?
  • Starting with 101, skip count by 100 until you get to 1,001. What pattern do you notice? Try different numbers to start with, does the pattern change?
  • Use a grocery store flyer to plan a breakfast. List all the items you need and record the price of each item. How much will breakfast cost?
  • Do a Sudoku puzzle in the newspaper.
  • How many ten-dollar bills equal a hundred-dollar bill? Jen had 20 ten-dollar bills. How many hundred- dollar bills can she trade them for?
  • Play Guess My Rule. Did you learn new math vocabulary?
  • Estimate how long it will take you to do 100 jumping jacks. Did it take more or less than 5 minutes? Record your time and compare with a friend.
  • Find a bar graph in the newspaper and talk to an adult about what the numbers mean.
  • Play Building Blocks. Describe how you see the shapes fitting together.
  • Stand and jump as far as you can, measure using a yardstick, meter stick, or tape measure. Jump 3 times and compare your measurements.
  • Play Compare. How does this help you to practice your facts?
  • Write down the years people who live with you were born. Put them in order from least to greatest.
  • Explain how you add 43+34+57+24