Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
- Penguin Feast (Guess and check, organizing data, adding one and 2-digit numbers to 100)
- 2015 NFL Stats (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers)
- Record Snowfall (Place value with 4-digits, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
- Snow Totals (Patterns, adding and subtracting with one-half from whole numbers)
- Hot Cocoa Combos (Combinations, organizing data)
- Highest Scoring Super Bowl (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
- Super Bowl Blowout (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
- Snowball Switch #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
- Snowball Switch #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers)
- Sledding #1 (Multiplying 2-digit numbers, easier)
- Sledding #2 (Multiplying 3 and 1-digit numbers, converting miles to feet, more difficult)
- New Year’s Party Plans (Elapsed time, logical thinking)
- Marching on Washington (Multiplying large numbers, multiplying with decimals, very difficult!)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
- Polar Bear Picnic (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Yeti Yard Sale (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting money up to $10.00)
- New Year’s Equations (Mixed operations, writing equations totaling 1-100)
- Snow Days (Logical thinking, calendar math) 2 versions included (fill-in-calendar/create-a-calendar)
- Snowball Sums #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 2-digit numbers less than 20, easier)
- Snowball Sums #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1 and 2-digit numbers, more difficult)
- Super Bowl Balancing #1 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, easier)
- Super Bowl Balancing #2 (Addition and subtraction to 100, balancing equations, difficult)
- SNOW Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- 2019 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- WINTER Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- FROZEN Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- SNOWFLAKE 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
“I had originally intended this to be a resource for my more advanced math students. However, others caught onto the “secret,” and now this has become the go-to activity for early morning arrivals. I love it when my students love a challenge!” -Angela L.
“Great for my gifted kids who always want more!” -Mary B.
“Consistently some of my favorite products!!!” -Caitlin C.
“These are great enrichment opportunities.” -Michelle L.
Type of File: Secured PDF digital download
Total Pages: 73 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.