Single-Digit Division Puzzle Activity
This activity will have your students solve a single-digit division problem and then connect with like answers with other classmates to try to solve a puzzle. Take a look at our preview for details!
The purpose of this activity is for students to understand single-digit division in a fun & challenging way.
The objective of this activity is for students to solve a single-digit division problem, create a 4-piece puzzle, and then determine what the pictures all have in common.
- Contained in this activity are 7 Puzzle Puzzlers with 4 pieces to each puzzle.
- You will need to choose which puzzles you will want to use in your classroom. Since each student needs 1 puzzle piece, the amount of puzzles you will need to choose from is based on the number of students in your classroom. For example, if you have 24 students in your classroom you will need to choose 6 puzzles (4 X 6 =24). If you have an odd number of students such as 27, you have three options:
1. Choose 6 puzzles and then have 3 sets of partners.
2. Choose all 7 puzzles and have 1 piece left over. With the left over piece, you can give 1 student two pieces from the same puzzle..
3. Have any “extra” students become classroom helpers/leaders by walking around and helping other groups with their puzzles.
- Once you determine how many and which puzzles you want to use in your classroom, print them off in color and then carefully cut out each puzzle. Printing off on a heavier cardstock type paper works best.
- If you have more students than pieces, you will need to have students partner up.
- Before the activity, inform your students that they will be participating in an activity where they will be given a puzzle piece and will need to solve the single-digit division problem. Then they will be asked to find 3 other classmates with the same answer and then try to figure out what the 4 pictures have in common. Note: Students may end up coming up with different ways that the pictures have in common. This is okay if you feel that it makes sense.
- Before passing out the puzzle pieces, students will need a scratch piece of paper. This activity makes a great exit slip as well, so it may be helpful that students use the same size scratch paper. If you choose to use as an exit slip, be sure to have the students write their names on the paper.
- You will also want to remind students that once they get their puzzle piece, they should keep a secret and not reveal their problem. Give all students enough time to complete the problem. Once all students are done, have them find the other pieces to the puzzle and try to determine what the pictures have in common.
- It may also be a great idea to review the expectations of voice level. For an extra challenge, you can inform your students that they will need to do this activity without any talking!
- After the activity, you can have the students share their pictures or have students exchange puzzles and solve another problem and so on…
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