Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3
Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
*Candy Count (Adding two-digit numbers within 100, logical thinking)
*Hotel Haunting (Place value, adding multiple 1-digit numbers, logical thinking)
*Bats in the Belfry (Repeated addition or multiplication with 2-digit numbers)
*Dem Bones (Repeated addition or multiplication with 2 and 3-digit numbers)
*Clue Combinations (Finding all possible combinations)
*Seed Scooping (Capacity conversions with cups, pints, and quarts)
*Haunted House (Repeated addition/multiplication, converting minutes to hours and minutes)
*Candy Cost (Adding and subtracting money within $10.00, logical thinking)
*I Vant to Bob for Apples (Adding 1 and 2-digit numbers within 30, guess and check)
*Caramel Apples (Fractional parts of a whole, logical thinking)
*Monster Mash (Elapsed time, logical thinking)
*Halloween Parade (Mixed operations, converting seconds to minutes)
*The Leaves They are a-Changin’ (Determining total from fractional parts of a group)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
*Which Witch is Which? (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Candy Bowls (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Ghosts in the Graveyard (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Costume Kids (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Hooo am I? #1 (Place value, logical thinking, adding multiple 2-digit numbers, easier)
*Hooo am I? #2 (Place value, logical thinking, adding multiple 3-digit numbers, more difficult)
*Spooky Sentences #1 (Addition and subtraction within 20, balancing equations)
*Spooky Sentences #2 (Addition and subtraction within 100, balancing equations)
*CATS Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*BATS Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*ZOMBIE Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*GHOULS Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*CARVE IT UP 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!
Type of File: PDF digital download
Total Pages: 68 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.