A great Christmas themed math activity for students learning multiplication with multiple digits!
Contents: The following printable activity covers this 4th Grade Common Core Standard:
- Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number and multiply two two digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations, illustrate and explain the calculation using equations, rectangular and/or area models
Print out the puzzle, preferably on cardstock, and have them laminated for durability. Cut out the sixteen pieces and pass them out to individual students or to a group of students. The students must match up the multiplication problem with its multiplication. When correctly completed they will form a 4 x 4 grid. Roman numerals are included on the pieces so that the teacher can quickly check for accuracy.
Ten versions of the puzzle are included and vary with the number of graphics found on each puzzle. This provides a great way to differentiate amongst ability groups. One puzzle contains one graphic, three puzzles contain 4 graphics, three puzzles contain 9 graphics, and three puzzles contain 16 graphics. As the number of graphics increases so does the difficulty of the puzzles.
I have found these puzzles to be a great tool in my classroom, and have created them for a variety of topics. Students don’t realize that they are solving up to 24 problems when completing them. What has been successful for me is to give points for correctly completing the puzzle, and extra credit points for the first few groups that finish.
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