7.NS.A.1c Subtracting Integers Puzzle - Fun Math Activity

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Amy Harrison
Grade Levels
6th - 9th
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51 pages
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There is something about using a puzzle to turn on motivation and critical thinking! My students like to complete these with a partner and there is great discussion!
Fun and engaging activity for solidifying subtracting integers, which, for some students, can be a bit confusing at first. This really helped!
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Are you covering subtracting integers in your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade math class?

It is not the most exciting topic...

Don’t do the same old boring worksheets and review - give them the chance to cut, arrange, and solve a puzzle!

The puzzle looks easy, but it’s more challenging than it looks. It will keep your students engaged and give them a fun way to practice what is usually a boring topic.

It also gives your students a chance to collaborate! It’s easier to complete the puzzle in a group!


  • The text is read along the outside of the triangle. If you rotate your triangle, you will easily be able to read all of the text right side up.
  • For every spot that the triangles match up, the expression and answer must match up.
  • When two triangles are touching (share a side), they must be a match.
  • There will be expressions and answers that are not used. They will end up along the outer rim of the puzzle with no match.

What should you do about early finishers?

  • Give students some blank triangles. Once they have finished the puzzle, they can continue the puzzle with expressions and sums of their own.
  • See who can add on the most triangles before time expires.
  • *BONUS: You can now use these cards in the future.*

How to solve the puzzle:

  • Solve each expression to find the answer.
  • Match up expressions with their correct answer.
  • When matches are found, place the puzzle pieces and work on the next part.
  • Make sure that all shared lines represent the same number.
  • Once everything matches up, you are finished! Congrats!
  • 14 pieces, 16 match-ups

Your class will LOVE this alternative to a boring worksheet.

Try this puzzle TODAY!

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Total Pages
51 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse, 𝘱 – 𝘲 = 𝘱 + (–𝘲). Show that the distance between two rational numbers on the number line is the absolute value of their difference, and apply this principle in real-world contexts.


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