Back to School Math Challenges & Brainteasers


Use these back to school themed math activities to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving FUN from the first day of school.

Includes printable + Google Slides Versions.

These September math challenges & brainteasers have engaging school themes students love, and are a perfect way to extend and enrich your advanced second and third grade mathematicians’ learning.

Recommended as a challenge for 2nd and 3rd grade students.

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The September Math Challenge and Brainteaser Pack includes 26 NO PREP printable + virtual math activities you can use for math centers, homework, fast finishers, small groups, number talks, math contracts, advanced math assessments or whole class problem solving!

Back to School themes include: school supplies, recess, class assignments, lunch, teaching, libraries, specialty classes, and centers.

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

13 Brainteasers

  • 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)

Also includes

  • Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems.
  • Link to an interactive Google Slides version
  • Google Slides FAQ and tutorial videos
  • Answer keys for every problem

Download Details

Type of File: Secured PDF digital download with link to Google Slides versions
Total Pages: 71 pages
Answer Keys: Included for every problem

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