Christmas Math Challenges & Brainteasers-December Fast Finishers, HW, Extensions

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Christmas and winter holiday math challenges and brainteasers you can use to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade kiddos in December! You can use these 26 NO PREP math printables for math centers, homework, fast finishers, small groups, number talks, holiday centers, or whole class problem solving!
Holiday themes include: stockings, Santa, reindeer, elves, candy canes, winter clothing, charitable giving, and presents

Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3

**This product was updated 11.25.17 with a new Candy Cane Forest #1 Math Challenge, a math challenge resource page, and updated graphics and fonts. If you purchased before 11.25.17 please redownload to get the latest updates!**

Included in this pack:
10 Math Challenges
*Holiday Dinner (Logical thinking, multiplication and division)
*Caring Kids (Guess and check, organizing data, adding multiple 2-digit numbers)
*Reindeer Food (Multiplication with 1, 2, and 3-digit numbers, division, converting ounces to pounds)
*Candy Cane Forest #1 (Multi-step multiplication with 1 and 2-digit numbers)
*Candy Cane Forest #2 (Multi-step multiplication with 2 and 3-digit numbers)
*Snowy Day Suit Up (Combinations, organizing data)
*Santa Scramble #1 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, easier)
*Santa Scramble #2 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, more difficult)
*Santa Scramble #3 (Addition with multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers, guess and check, most difficult)

All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem

16 Brainteasers
*Stocking Sleuth (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Elf Overtime #1 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, easier)
*Elf Overtime #2 (Time, addition, converting seconds to minutes, more difficult)
*Reindeer Stalls #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
*Reindeer Stalls #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
*Reindeer Stalls #3 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1-digit numbers)
*Elf Equations #1 (Addition and subtraction to 15, balancing equations, easier)
*Elf Equations #2 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, more difficult)
*GIFT #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*GIFT #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*GIFT #3 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*SLEIGH #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*SLEIGH #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*NORTH POLE #1 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)
*NORTH POLE #2 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)

Also includes
*Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems. Perfect to use for homework or centers!

Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.

If you'd like to try out a December math challenge for FREE, check out my Free December Holiday Math Challenge HERE.

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Katie
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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 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.

*Use the holiday themed challenges as a choice activity during a holiday party or to keep your sanity during that holiday down time.

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