3rd Grade Math | Place Value | Multiplication | Area | Set 1

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If you're always looking for new ways to review and keep math concepts fresh in your third grade class, try this set of 120 math riddle task card activities! They're an easy way to get your students talking about math and to include some spiral review every day - with no worksheets for you to correct!

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***** PLEASE NOTE: This is not an interactive digital resource. But here are some ideas to help you use this for distance learning or for students who are at home for a time...

Parents, during an extended school closure/ distance learning period, choose 2-4 cards each day to read, discuss, and solve with your child. Alternatively, display one riddle at a time on your tablet or laptop using the Powerpoint version that's included.

Teachers, display a riddle from the Powerpoint display as part of your math lesson on Zoom or similar. You could also send one of the individual pngs from the included file to your students before your meeting. Have your students work out the solution ahead of time using a favorite app like Seesaw and discuss it during your meeting. You'll keep your students' math skills sharp without using lots of tedious worksheets! These riddles are a fun and effective way to practice math vocabulary, critical thinking, and mental math.

The individual slides of each riddle that are included with this set add so many teaching options! This format makes it so easy to use the riddle cards throughout the year for your Morning Message, Math Message, number talks, lesson focus, and whole class lessons, in addition to the remote learning options described above.

Each of the cards has multiple clues for a number from one to 120 ... 120 riddle cards in all! In order to be successful with the riddle cards, your students should be familiar with ...

  • The terminology of multiplication and division (product, quotient, factor, multiple) (3.OA)
  • Addition and subtraction through 1000 (3.NBT.2)
  • Area and perimeter (3.MD.5, 3.MD.7, 3.MD.8)
  • Attributes of 2D and 3D shapes (3.G.1).

The cards can be used in many ways:

  • Use several each day for spiraled math review. Great for keeping math
    vocabulary and concepts active!
  • Teaching remotely? Start each lesson with an engaging riddle and you can put a check next to "number talk" in your lesson plans!
  • Put a whole page into your favorite app or Seesaw and let your students solve these right on their device.
  • Use with your whole class to model using key details, inference, and drawing
  • Put a card up on your interactive whiteboard to focus at the beginning of a
    math lesson.
  • In a small group or with partners, the riddle cards can be used with the
    printable number grid activity that's included in this set. A directions card and
    120 chart are also included, as well as an answer key for all riddles, for easier
    use with independent work.
  • For independent work, they can be used with the included solve-and-color
  • These cards are super to use as a tool in RTI, or for use by tutors or parent
  • Use math riddles as a sponge activity throughout the day.
  • Excellent for enrichment or independent use by early finishers.

* Please note that the clues in this set include references to US coins and non-metric measurements.

Here's what teachers have said about this resource:

  • "This totally changed my Math routine! We are encouraged to use number talks but I find them so boring and repetitive, especially in 3rd Grade. I chose to start our lessons with this instead and we get in great number sense discussions, quick strategy lessons, and the kids always want to do ¨just one more!¨"
  • "I love this resource and my students do, too. Riddles are a great way to get their brains spinning and to love math."


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 × ? = 48, 5 = __ ÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?.
Interpret whole-number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares, or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a number of shares or a number of groups can be expressed as 56 ÷ 8.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.


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