Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
- Wrappin’ It Up (Adding two-digit numbers within 100, guess and check)
- Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Place value, adding multiple 1-digit numbers to 10, guess and check)
- Toy Store Totals (Adding and subtracting money within $5.00, guess and check)
- Holiday Dinner (Logical thinking, multiplication and division)
- Caring Kids (Guess and check, organizing data, adding multiple 2-digit numbers)
- Gingerbread Cookies (Addition and multiplication with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
- Reindeer Food (Multiplication with 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers, division, converting ounces to pounds)
- Candy Cane Forest #1 (Multi-step multiplication with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
- Candy Cane Forest #2 (Multi-step multiplication with 2 and 3-digit numbers)
- Snowy Day Suit Up (Combinations, organizing data)
- Santa Scramble #1 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, easier)
- Santa Scramble #2 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, more difficult)
- Santa Scramble #3 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, most difficult)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
- Stocking Sleuth (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Mystery Gifts (Guess and check, addition, subtraction, logical thinking)
- Elf Overtime #1 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, easier)
- Elf Overtime #2 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, more difficult)
- Reindeer Stalls #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
- Reindeer Stalls #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
- Reindeer Stalls #3 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
- Elf Equations #1 (Addition and subtraction to 15, balancing equations, easier)
- Elf Equations #2 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, more difficult)
- GIFT #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- GIFT #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- GIFT #3 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- SLEIGH #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- SLEIGH #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- NORTH POLE #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)
- NORTH POLE #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)
- Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems. Perfect to use for homework or centers.
- Answer keys for every problem
“These math challenges have become part of my and my student’s favorite part of each new month! They are just right for my second grade students who need something a little extra!!!” -Caitlin C.
“Fun options for those who needed a challenge or my early finishers.” -Margaret M.
“Tons of fun activities for my students!” -Natasha A.
“Great activity to use before winter break!” -Mrs Rogers Third Grade Neighborhood
Type of File: Secured PDF digital download
Total Pages: 74 pages
Answer Keys: Included for every problem
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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:
*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract HERE.
*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.
*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.
*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.
*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.
*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.
*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.
*Use the holiday themed challenges as a choice activity during a holiday party or to keep your sanity during that holiday down time.