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Use these PRINT & GO back to school math activities to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving FUN during the first weeks of school and beyond. These September math challenges & brainteasers have engaging school themes students love, and are a perfect way to extend and enrich your advanced second and third grade mathematicians' learning from Day 1!
Includes 26 NO PREP math printables & answer keys you can use for math centers, homework, fast finishers, small groups, number talks, math enrichment contracts, advanced math assessments or whole class problem solving.
Back to School themes include: school supplies, recess, class assignments, lunch, teaching, libraries, specialty classes, and centers
Recommended as a challenge for your 2nd and 3rd grade students
4th grade is listed as a recommended grade on this product because these activities are meant to be challenging and address above grade level Common Core Standards.
Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.
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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:
*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at my blog HERE.
*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.
*Use one of the more difficult problems to assess your advanced mathematicians' preferred problem solving strategies and ability to write about their mathematical thinking.
*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.
*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.
*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.
*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.
*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.
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