Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
- Center Activities (Adding 1-digit numbers to 30, guess and check)
- Lunch Number Who am I? (Place value to four-digits, logical thinking, guess and check)
- Penny Prep (Adding multiple 2-digit numbers or multiplication with 2-digit numbers)
- Bike, Walk, or Bus (Adding 1 and 2-digit numbers within 30, guess and check)
- What’s for Lunch? (Finding all possible combinations)
- Lunch Card Mix Up (Adding multiple 1-digit numbers, logical thinking, guess and check)
- Pencils & Erasers (Adding coins to $2.25, problem solving)
- School Supplies (Adding and subtracting coins and bills to $10.00, logical thinking)
- Library Leftovers (Multiplying and subtracting 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers)
- Crayon Boxes (Adding or subtracting multiple 2-digit numbers, division with a 3-digit number)
- Assessment Day (Adding minutes, converting minutes to hours)
- Obstacle Course (Mixed operations, converting seconds to minutes)
- Specialty Classes (Elapsed time, logical thinking)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
- Desks in a Row (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Class Assignments (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Lunch Tables (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Recess Activities (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Colored Pencil Orders #1 (Place value with ones and tens, easier)
- Colored Pencil Orders #2 (Place value with ones, tens, and hundreds, more difficult)
- School Supply Sentences #1 (Addition and subtraction within 20, balancing equations)
- School Supply Sentences #2 (Addition and subtraction within 100, balancing equations)
- TEAM Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- WORK Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- TEACH Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- LEARN Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- DISCOVERY 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: Secured 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 one of the more difficult problems to assess your advanced mathematicians’ preferred problem solving strategies and ability to write about their mathematical thinking.
*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.