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

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Print-and-go math challenges and brainteasers with a Christmas/winter holiday theme for December! 25 math printables with answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, 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

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

16 Brainteasers
*Stocking Sleuth (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Mystery Gifts (Guess and check, addition, subtraction, logical thinking)
*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)

Answer keys for every problem are included!

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.

Thanks for looking!
Katie
iwanttobeasuperteacher.com

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I've used math challenges and brainteasers in my own 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grade classrooms for a number of purposes. Here are a few ideas for how you might use these in your own classroom:

*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.

*Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons where they've already mastered the material.

*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.

*Print out the holiday themed challenges for students to use during a class party or as an option during some of that holiday movie down time.

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Christmas Math Challenges & Brainteasers-December Fast Fin
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