Addition, Subtraction, Place Value - Math Spiral Review Riddle Activities

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Are you looking for an engaging way to include math spiral review throughout the whole school year? Teachers and students both love these fun and engaging addition, subtraction, and place value riddles for number talks, math centers, small groups, and more!

What does this set include?

120 printable riddle cards for math spiral review of the numbers 1-120, printing at six riddle cards per page

Student recording page and answer key

☛ A digital version, customized and ready-to-use with the TPT Easel Tool. The Easel riddles are full page and each includes a picture of a math tool (base ten materials, coins, sections of a 120 grid, etc.) to support your students as they solve these and check their answers independently.

☛ The full page jpegs of each riddle that are included with this set give you even more teaching options! Use them for Morning Message, Math Message, number talks, lesson focus, as well as small group and whole class lessons. This format is also helpful if your digital choice is Seesaw or similar.

☛ Task cards and materials for two addition, subtraction, and place value games that use the riddle cards

☛ A color-by-code page that also uses the riddle cards

120 charts in both color and b/w, for support and differentiation, with both operations and place value

What are the skills addressed in this resource?

* Addition

* Subtraction

* Place value

* Adding and subtracting tens

* Comparing numbers with equality and inequality symbols

* Odd and even numbers

* Coin values and combinations (US pennies, nickels, & dimes)

You'll discover so many ways to use these cards!

☛ Solve a riddle a day together for spiral review that will integrate new learning with previous topics.

☛ Use a riddle as a warm-up before your math lesson.

☛ Expand your calendar activities by solving one or more riddles each day and using the cards to build a 120 chart on your classroom wall.

☛ Use this as an independent digital activity with the Easel tool. As they add, subtract, and use place value knowledge to solve each page, your students will use the pen tool to write their answer, and then click and drag a shape to check their answer. The Easel activities are ready to use, saving you prep time!

☛ Use these riddle activities for ongoing spiral math review throughout first grade, or for review and informal assessment at the beginning of second grade.

☛ In a small group or with partners, the cards can be used with 120 number chart math games. Task cards / directions for two games are included.

☛ Use the riddle cards as task cards or for an effective and engaging math spiral review Read the Room activity.

☛ For independent work, the cards can be used with the solve-and-color page.

☛ For ongoing whole class review, use the cards as exit tickets.

☛ Solving riddles like these is a lot like solving word problems. Both are great ways to model and practice early comprehension skills like identifying key details, making inference, and drawing conclusions. Show your students how those skills apply in both math and reading, and how improving them will help them succeed in both areas!

☛ These riddle activities are great for end of year review or summer school! Riddles make it easy to keep the fun in learning!

Here's what teachers like you have said about these math spiral review riddle activities!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Lisa said, "Such a fun way to engage students in mathematical problem solving! These cards work great for my early finishers who always love a challenge!"

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ashley said, "This resource was great! I appreciate how many riddles were included- I can use some for my lesson, small group, and stations and still have plenty leftover to change out throughout the year!"

In order to be successful with these math riddle cards, your students should be familiar with odd/even, tens and ones, adding and subtracting tens, US coins (pennies, nickels, dimes), and comparison signs for equalities and inequalities.

**Important Note: This set uses only US coins.** If you'd prefer to have this set in a version that doesn't use money in the clues, please see Math Riddles 1st and 2nd Grade - Set 1, Addition, Subtraction, No Coin Clues.

This riddle card set is also available in the following bundles for extra savings!

240 Math Riddles for First Grade and Second Grade, Set 1 and Set 2 This one has enough math riddles to keep your students challenged all year! Try solving one riddle in school and sending another one home each day!

Grades 1-5 Spiral Math Review Bundle This is a great choice for math specialists and math intervention teachers who need to have materials for students at a range of grade levels.

Spanish/English Bundle: Math Riddle Cards for First Grade and Second Grade Try these with your ESL / ELL students or in bilingual or immersion classrooms.

Still not sure whether this math spiral review set is right for you?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amy said, "Do not hesitate to buy this product. I use this every morning to end our morning meet with a riddle. Super engaging for students."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stacy said, "My students loved a challenge, so they really enjoyed these! I loved watching their enthusiasm when they figured out the riddle. They always asked for another one. Thank you so much!


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149 student pages + 120 Easel pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120. In this range, read and write numerals and represent a number of objects with a written numeral.
Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <.
Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.


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