Included in this pack:
27 Math Challenges
- Books (Adding and subtracting two-digit numbers)
- Fingers and Toes (Repeated addition, multiplication by tens or twenties)
- Sum of 150 (Guess and check, consecutive numbers, addition)
- Haunted Mansion Number Hang-Up (Organizing data, defining digits)
- Haunted Hotel Number Hang-Up (Organizing data, defining digits)
- Candy Kids (Adding/doubling one-digit numbers, logical thinking, organizing data)
- Electoral Votes (Estimation, adding multiple one and two-digit numbers, guess and check) includes Electoral Map
- Coin Combination (Adding coins, guess and check, organizing data)
- Library Fines (Adding money, repeated addition/multiplication)
- The Penny Problem (Patterns, addition with money to $5,000)
- Darci’s Donations (Addition and subtraction with money)
- Holiday Gifts (Addition and subtraction with money)
- Road Trip (Addition, four-digit division, multiplication)
- Cookie Plates (Addition, repeated addition/multiplication)
- Days in Office (Logical thinking, calendar math, adding two and three-digit numbers)
- Quarters, Dimes, and Nickels (Adding coins, logical thinking, guess and check)
- Pizza Party (Fractions, multiplication, division)
- 2006 Medal Count (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting one and two-digit numbers)
- Four Leaf Clovers (Repeated addition/multiplication, logical thinking, drawing complex problems)
- How Many Legs? (Repeated addition/multiplication, logical thinking, drawing complex problems)
- Marathon Runners (Addition/multiplication with decimals, relating km to miles and ft.)
- Five Square Challenge (Logical thinking, guess and check, creating unique shapes)
- Perimeter Problem (Logical thinking, addition, perimeter, guess and check)
- Equal Sums (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple one-digit numbers)
- Heads and Tentacles (Addition, multiplication, guess and check)
- The Magic Pentomino (Perimeter and area)
- Beach Reading (Adding multiple two-digit numbers, guess and check)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
- Who am I? (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple two-digit numbers, money, defining a dozen)
- Trick or Treat (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurant Style (Adding/multiplying money with decimals)
- Thanksgiving Dinner Brainteaser #1 (Logical thinking, multiplication and division, easier)
- Thanksgiving Dinner Brainteaser #2 (Logical thinking, multiplication and division, more difficult)
- Equal Equations #1 (Equivalent number sentences, easier)
- Equal Equations #2 (Equivalent number sentences, more advanced)
- Mystery Numbers (Logical thinking, guess and check, addition with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
- A Brainteaser with 22 Legs (Guess and check, addition, finding all possible solutions)
- Super Bowl Math #1 (Addition, multiplication, easier)
- Super Bowl Math #2 (Addition, multiplication, more advanced)
- Valentine Mail (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Olympic Athletes (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Numbers in Hiding #1 (Addition, subtraction, estimation, guess and check)
- Numbers in Hiding #2 (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, estimation, guess and check)
- Bunny Brainteaser (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Total Value #1 (Adding coins and dollars, easier)
- Total Value #2 (Adding coins and dollars, more advanced)
- Road Trippin’ (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- 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 am so pleased with your product that this is the first time I have ever left feedback for anyone on the site. I appreciate that your product does not imply any one system of math instruction, allows for/encourages multiple approaches, is challenging but accessible for second graders, includes some theme/time of year connections, doesn’t include any characters nor scenarios from main stream media, includes enough instructions to be self-sufficient and more. Thank you!” -Sally W.
“An engaging resource that requires students to apply math strategies and skills to real-world scenarios.” -Lisa G.
“This was perfect for my high achieving primary grade math students. Really made them think.” -Susan L.
“I use these on our math challenge bulletin board. The kids are so motivated to complete these challenge tasks. They have all grown in their ability to persevere in math through this work.” -Jennifer M.
“Love these challenges. I am always looking for extension materials and these ones are not only fun for the kids but I love that they encourage the kids to think and write about their strategy.” -Michelle S.
“Using these as a weekly math challenge for homework. Parents love doing them with their child. My students are having to think and articulate their thinking!! Thank you!.” -2 Blind Mice
“I absolutely love these brain teasers!! I have several 2nd graders who are working at a very high level in math. These ALWAYS challenge them. They really have to think and often have to go back and try again.” -Amy M.
“Awesome independent or small group math challenges for students ready to push their math brains a bit further! I plan on making these challenges a math station next year. Thanks!” -Sarah B.
Type of File: Secured PDF digital download
Total Pages: 128 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.