Grade 2 Math at Home

Welcome! We’ll update this page every weekday with a new math activity. Many of the activities will be fun and worthwhile for students of all ages so that you can do them as a family. The following day, we’ll share examples of how other people did the activity so you can check your work and stretch your thinking.

The resources on this page focus on the major work for second grade:

  • fluency with addition and subtraction facts to 20

  • counting within 1,000 by 1, 10, and 100, and writing and reading numbers up to 1,000

  • adding and subtracting 2- and 3-digit numbers in many ways

We’ll do a lot of work with measurement and geometry, too!

Activity of the Day

Check the archive to see past activities with sample solutions.

Math in Our World: Target Game

We invented a new target game. Each player gets five pennies to toss. You can earn 1, 3, or 5 points, depending on where your penny lands. I’ve tossed two pennies so far.

The target for the game has three circle parts. The smallest, inner circle is actually a cup. A sticky note on the cup shows a 5. A red string makes the bigger, middle circle. A sticky note in this circle shows a 3. A black string makes the biggest, outer circle. A sticky note in this circle shows a 1. One of the pennies landed in the middle circle. The other one landed in the outer circle.
  1. Show what is happening using pictures, models, or numbers.

  1. What do you notice? What do you wonder?

  2. What math questions can you ask about this situation? Answer all the questions you can.

How could you get started?

  1. Try using tally marks to show what is happening.

  2. When the game is over, how many points will be scored?

  3. How many pennies will earn 1 point? 3 points? 5 points?

Challenge

  1. Show your work to someone else, and explain your thinking. Did they understand?

  2. Ask whether they have any other questions you can answer!

Follow-Up

Make your own target game. You can use string or yarn to make the circles and a cup or small container for the middle. It works well to toss coins, paperclips, or even a small paper ball. Choose how many points each target is worth, and you are ready to play! Write your own target game problems and share them with us!

Permanent Link: Google doc for printing, copying, and sharing

We'd love to see your thinking! Share your work with Math at Home.

Watch: Grade 2 Activity of the Day

Grade2AoD_Week11Day5_MiOW.mp4

Additional Resources

Use the resources below for paper-and-pencil practice and to play math games at home. All resources are free to the public.

Want more Activities of the Day? Check out the archive for past activities, including sample responses.

Collections of practice pages organized by math skill. In English and Spanish with answer keys.

Digital math games to play independently or together online.

Math games for families to play together at home with materials and tools easily made, downloaded, or found online.

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