Inexpensive Math Centers

Are you tired of spending time and money prepping math centers? If so, then THIS is the resource for YOU! All you need for these centers are dice, playing cards, OR spinners - YOU CHOOSE! No more printing, laminating, and cutting for hours! This is a complete set of math centers for the ENTIRE YEAR with very little prep work. You can find "2nd Grade Math Centers for the Entire Year - 36 Centers" in my TPT Store HERE.
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!
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This resource was designed with the busy teacher in mind! These math centers are EASY PREP, LOW COST, and TIME-SAVING! The centers in this file can all be used with items you probably already have in your classroom or at home. If not, the materials are super cheap and easy to prep. All task cards and recording sheets are available to print in black and white to save paper, lamination, and printer ink. The centers can also be used year-round, rather than seasonal. Switch them out as needed! The design of the centers allows for easy differentiation to meet all your learners’ diverse needs.

This file includes:
  • Detailed Instructions for How to Implement in Your Classroom (includes pictures)
  • Detailed Instructions for How to Differentiate in Your Classroom (includes pictures)
  • Detailed Ideas for Saving Time, Money, and Effort with Math Centers (includes pictures) 
  • 36 Center Tasks with Visual Cues that Correlate to Every 2nd Grade Common Core Standard
  • 36 Response Sheets with Differentiation to Copy or Put in Sheet Protectors for Dry-Erase
  • 17 Different Spinners for Differentiation
  • 1 Full Set of Ten Frame Playing Cards
Download the Preview File in my TPT Store HERE for a sneak peek into this resource.
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

Amazon affiliate links and clickable picture links to the dice, cards, and spinners I use in my classroom below.
  

Differentiation by Spinner Choice:

2-digit addition using the 1-4 spinner
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

3-digit addition using the 1-9 spinner
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

use 1-4 spinner for no regrouping, 0-9 for regrouping
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

use 0-9 for subtraction across zeros and 1-9 for no zeros
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

inexpensive option - use a pencil and paperclip rather than a spinner overlay
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!


Differentiation by Card Choice:

3-digit addition WITHOUT regrouping using cards 4 and lower
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

3-digit addition WITH regrouping using cards up to 9
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

use the ten frame cards provided for additional support
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

task card with visual cues
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!


Differentiation using Dice:

subtraction using place value dice
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

addition with dice 6 and below
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

variety of dice can be used for differentiation
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

task card with visual cues
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

Read more about managing the differentiation below.
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!
For an easy way to differentiate, you can purchase colored paper through my affiliate link {HERE}.

Read more about how these math centers will make your life easier below.
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!
If you prefer to re-use your recording sheets to save paper and copying time, you can purchase dry-erase pockets at my affiliate link HERE or simple sheet protectors will also work available HERE. You will want to use Fine Point dry-erase markers that can be found at my affiliate link HERE.
2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!
Each center task can be printed on a half-sheet of paper in black and white. There are full-color visual cues on the center task cards as well to help remind your little learners of the directions.

2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!

2nd Grade inexpensive math centers for the entire year!
Just add dice, spinners, or cards! It's that easy!

So that's how I differentiate my math centers without breaking the bank or spending hours prepping! My students are fully engaged in their math centers during Guided Math rotations which allows me to better meet the needs of my students during small group math instruction.

Interested in learning more about Guided Math and math centers? I have a 3-part blog series all about it. Check it out at the links below:

  1. Guided Math: The Overview
  2. Guided Math: A Closer Look into Math Rotations
  3. Guided Math: Budget-Friendly Math Centers

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