Spooktacular Math Centers

Get ready…get set…for the easiest math centers you have ever laid your eyes on! Plus...the Halloween theme just adds that little fun factor! I am excited about these centers for three reasons:

1. There is little preparation invovled!
2. The students can complete the activities as many times as they want/need because each time they will be creating and manipulating new numbers!
3. These centers can last the entire month of October!
{What on earth will I do with all of my free time?!?}

As a teacher, I try very hard to create meaningful centers that require my students to apply new skills all while participating in fun and engaging activities. Independent centers are a great way to see a student’s application of skills.  Centers are GREAT! The preparation, however sends me right into fright! I love the thought of engaging math centers, but I do not love the thought of all of the preparation {even though they are so stinkin' adorable when you finish!!!} I had to find a way to have the best of both worlds. {the cuteness and the academics} Here is what I came up with...Spooktacular Halloween Math Centers! This unit includes 8 math centers that will have your students practicing basic skills such as addition, subtraction, place value and much more! The best part…the only preparation needed - cut out your students’ number cards {which could technically be cut by the students - depending on how type A you are} ;). I like to create the cards ahead of time, laminate them, and keep them from year to year! Seriously...that is all there is to it! The students use their cards for every center in this unit. In addition to all of that craziness, they can complete each activity as many times at the want/need because each time they will be creating new numbers! How much better can life get at the moment??? Ha! Sorry...I just love when I save myself time! Just in case all of my blabbering confused you...here is the prep. work one more time for all of you visual people! {Don't worry...I am one of you too!}

Here is a little glimpse of the eight centers included:

And the playing cards (large for teacher, small for students)

Annndd...a quick peek at a few of the response sheets.

Directions for each activity are located on the response sheets. During each activity, the students will be using their number cards to create and manipulate numbers. This means that the level of difficulty all depends on the student. They can create one, two, three or four digit numbers. Students can work in partners or independently to complete their centers. You can have 1-2 centers per week or introduce them all and allow students to choose which center they complete each day.These centers can easily last an entire month and are a great little change for the “spooky” month of October! I have added this little unit to my TPT store! You can stop by and pick it up as you wish!

Happy Fall Y'all! I am just lovin' this time of year!


  1. These centers look sooooooo fun! You are amazing! I awarded you the versatile blogger award, even though I'm sure you've already been given it by lots of other people!

    Thanks for all your great ideas!


  2. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! I love your blog! Come on over to my blog to pick up your reward!

  3. I wanted to let you know that I greatly admire your blog and I would like to give you the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much for sharing all of your ideas and inspiring me on a daily basis!


  4. I totally understand the balance between academics and cuteness :) I struggle with that too! This Halloween center idea is so adorable. I can't wait to try it with my kiddos. I find it hard because my kiddos do learn at different levels. But these will be a great learning experience along with an elementary math intervention program that I am using right now!
    ---Enjoy the fall. I know I will! K.B

  5. Would this be something I could use with a 4th grade class?

  6. @Lauren Garman - Check out this post! If it doesn't answer your questions, feel free to email me! http://shenanigansinsecond.blogspot.com/2012/06/monthly-math-q-and-giveaway.html