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2nd Grade Number Sense & Place Value Math Challenges | Daily Math Warm Ups

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Do you want your students to develop a deep understanding of Place Value? Start your math block off with these Place Value Math Warm-Ups, Task Cards, and Games. These 60 higher-order thinking challenges are available as both full-page slides or 4 to a page task cards. They are designed to challenge and enrich. Geared for 2nd grade, these math prompts will help your students develop a Math Mindset and build a deep and rich understanding of place value. The tasks focus on analyzing, comparing, and contrasting, creating analogies, logic and deductive reasoning, identifying misconceptions, error analysis, and applying knowledge in a new situation.


⭐ 60 Full Page Slides in both PDF and PowerPoint format

⭐ 60 Task Cards (4 per page)

⭐ Answer keys for all problems

⭐ Recording Sheets

⭐ Two partner games with differentiated versions

⭐ 10 Math Mindset posters you can display in your room

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⭐ In a center/station

⭐ As a Bell Ringer/ Morning Warm-up activity – project the large poster cards on your whiteboard

⭐ Math Mindset Daily Challenge Board – place one of the poster size task cards on the board each day

⭐ As a Scoot game

⭐ Cooperative Learning: Think, Pair, Share – have the students work with a partner

⭐ For Early Finishers – have cards in an early finisher center

⭐ In Math Journals – use the black and white cards and cut out a card to paste into your math journal.

⭐ In Guided Math groups

⭐ Math Talks

⭐ Exit Tickets

⭐ For homework


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This resource is perfect for my high achieving math students! I love the critical thinking that is required! – Marilyn L.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ These are the BEST! I used them on an observation and got high marks for having such a rigorous lesson! – kimberko

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I love the many different options to use this resource! I initially purchased it to use in a station as task cards; however, after downloading, I really liked the full page version of the cards. I used it during summer school for whole class math discussions. Some were used as a challenge problem displayed for early finishers. Great product with many different uses! – Timothy P.


2.OA.C.3 Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.

2.NBT.A.1 Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.

2.NBT.A.3 Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form

2.NBT.A.4 Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.


• Even and Odd

• Identifying the place value of three-digit numbers

• Writing three-digit numbers in different forms

• Compare ones, tens, and hundreds (6 tens is less than 2 hundreds)

• Group ones as tens and tens as hundreds (400 = 400 ones, 40 tens, or 4 hundreds

• Model 3-digit numbers using base 10 blocks

• Determine the value of each digit in 3-digit numbers

• Read 3-digit numbers in unit form

• Read 3-digit numbers in word form

• Read 3-digit numbers in expanded form

• Read 3-digit numbers in “mixed up” expanded and unit form (412 = 10 + 400 + 2)

• Express 3-digit numbers in different forms (706 = 70 tens + 6 ones)

• Find a number that is greater than or less than another number

• Compare 3-digit numbers using <, >, or =

© Susan Morrow This purchase is for single classroom use only. Sharing this resource with multiple teachers, an entire school, or an entire school system is strictly forbidden. Multiple licenses are available at a discount.

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Susan Morrow


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