Winter Common Core Math Centers

Common Core Math Games

Brian writes: One of my fondest winter memories is of growing up in a suburb of Toronto, in snowy Ontario, Canada. From kindergarten to the third grade I went to an elementary school just down the street, along a very safe road, and I used to walk to and from school by myself. During the winter, our Toronto suburb would get quite snowy, and the combination of people shoveling their snowy driveways and the snowplow driving past peoples’ properties and piling big ridges of snow along the side of the road meant that some very tall piles of snow would end up in peoples’ driveways. Normally, my walk home from school would take 15 to 20 minutes… but during the winter, sometimes the walk would take me an hour or two, as I’d be scrambling up and throwing myself down all of the mountains of snow that I could find!

Common Core math games for the winter season

Here are some math games that you can use as math centers in your classroom. The goal of these games is to make math learning fun while challenging students to use their creativity and analytical skills in the activities provided in the packet. Each game is aligned with one or more Common Core standards. If you click on the links provided you’ll be taken to a storefront where you can download a preview of the math centers if you’re interested in learning more about them.

Winter Common Core Math Centers for First Grade

First Grade

Common Core standards: 1.OA.6, 1.NBT.1, 1.NBT.1, 1.NBT.3, 1.NBT.5.

Winter Common Core Math Centers for Second Grade

Second Grade

Common Core standards: 2.OA.3, 2.NBT.3, 2.NBT.4, 2.NBT.5 2.NBT.8.

Winter Common Core Math Centers for Third Grade

Third Grade

Common Core standards: 3.OA.3, 3.OA.7, 3.NBT.2, 3.NBT.3, 3.NF.3.

Winter Common Core Math Centers for Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

Common Core standards: 4.OA.4, 4.OA.5, 4.NBT.3, 4.NF.5, 4.NF.6, 4.NF.7.

Winter Common Core Math Centers for Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

Common Core standards: 5.NBT.3, 5.NBT.4, 5.NBT.7, 5.NF.1.

Keep warm this winter, if you can! And just so you know… while I’m typing this, I’m sitting on the sofa at our house in France, near a nice, cozy fire!

Winter Counting by Twos Connect the Dots

Counting by twos connect the dotsHalloween is over, Thanksgiving has come and gone. That means that the winter season is upon us, with Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, and a great number of other wonderful reasons to celebrate are coming up!

For the next several weeks we’re going to be featuring a number of different holiday-themed lesson plans, worksheets and activities on the Mixminder site. So let’s start it off with a fun connect-the-dots activity featuring a fun snowman. I’d like to say “have your students connect the dots to find out what the picture is”… but okay… it’s pretty obvious it’s a snowman!

Counting by 2s

This connect-the-dots activity is designed to help your students practice counting by twos. The best way for your children to do this is to say the names of the numbers as they connect the dots… so, for example, “2… 4… 6… 8.” In this manner will your students start to learn and understand the concept behind counting by twos, and also start to remember the pattern of numbers starting with 2.

If you live in a snowy place, I hope you get a good fresh snowfall in the near future! And that it doesn’t equate to a bunch of snow shoveling for you or your loved ones…

First Grade Common Core Standards for Mathematics

This lesson falls under standard 1.OA.5, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, for first grade common core mathematics skills:

Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).