This 42 page handout features hands-on math puzzles that provide practice in mental arithmetic, operations with numbers, geometry, and measurement plus they encourage logical reasoning and creativity, all in a game-like setting. Furthermore, they are a powerful tool for teaching students basic addition skills since each row, column, and diagonal must add up to be the same sum.
Number tiles are arranged in such a manner that the sum of the tiles that form each straight line of the letter equal the same sum. The designated sum for the letter is written on each page as well as the number tiles to be used. Most of the 26 letter puzzles have more than one answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.
The activities require that the students use each number tile only once. However, some of the activities will not require the use of all ten tiles; so, reading and following the directions before beginning each math-a-magical puzzle is important. Answer recording sheets are provided for the student as well as possible solutions for the teacher. A Number Tile Keeper in addition to a blackline of the number tiles is located at the end of this 42 page resource.
Since the students do not write in the book, the pages can be copied and laminated so that they can be used from year to year.
These activities may be placed at a table for math practice. Allow the students to choose one of the math-a-magical puzzle pages to do as seatwork, to complete at a math center, or to finish when their work is done.
These activities vary in levels of difficulty. Because the pages are arranged alphabetically, and are not in any particular order based on difficulty, the students are free to skip around in the book. Download the preview page to see sample math-a-magical puzzles. All of these activities are very suitable for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner.
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You can also purchase a Number Tile Math Bundle and save money:
Number Tiles Math Bundle – 57 Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Math Activities Using Number Tiles