# Math Operations Activities for 2nd Grade

A few weeks ago, we did some math operating in our homeschool 2nd grade math class!

🙂

And, ya’ll, I wish we had worked on this much sooner! My kid is a strong

math thinker, who struggles with notation or showing/telling me how he figured

out his answer. His little brain works so fast that he has a hard time

using the right language to explain his thinking. That has been my main

goal this year for him.

I knew it was important for him to know and understand the 4 math operations,

but I had no idea just HOW helpful it would be in giving him more math

language to frame his thinking and ultimately write down his notation in a

mathematical way.

Sound familiar? Here’s a look at our week of

math operations!

# Introducing Math Operations

We kicked off the week introducing math operations. I wrote the numbers

6 and 2 on the board and asked, “6 and 2 come to our math hospital.

There are 4 math operations that we can do with these numbers. What’s

one thing we can do to 6 and 2?”

As we listed out the operations, we

charted

them. We charted the symbol, the name of the operation, the sample

equation, and keywords or phrases we use when performing that operation.

Once we worked through all 4 operations and compared and contrasted them, we

read the digital book from my

Guided Math Workshop Plans

called, “Socks for Knox.”

Each page has a different story problem type. We read the problem and

discussed which operation we should use and why. The answer is less

important…in fact, that’s why I used very low numbers. I wanted him to

think about the operation and not get caught up in the numbers.

to dress up in his old doctor outfits and pretend like we were performing

surgery, but he wasn’t having it. #boys This would make a super

fun classroom transformation project though! 🙂

# Math Operations Sort

In

Guided Math Workshop, Mondays are mostly whole group days where most of the content is

frontloaded and introduced. Then, the rest of the week, kids work independently on the goals and content we learned on Monday. They

solve a new problem independently each day, play a hands on game with a

partner, meet with a teacher in a small group to discuss their problem solving and work on a technology based game to practice the math skill

from Monday. You can read more about those routines here.

This week, our hands-on activity was an operations sort! We used the cards

to sort symbols, equations, and stories into the 4 operation categories.

These

cards

can also be used to play memory!

Then, he did a

cut and paste sort on his own.

All of this practice made a HUGE difference in his ability to show his

strategies during problem-solving. He was able to name the operation

he needed to use and write his equation more easily.

You can find all of these lesson plans and activities and more in my

Guided Math Workshop Plans for 2nd Grade!