This is an excellent practice activity that has the students focused and attentive and craving for more! Each student receives a recording sheet with the 10 factor puzzles on it and a spot to glue the final answer. Then, the answers to the problems are stapled around the room like advertisements. Students can choose which problem to start with, thus allowing differentiation as there is a of factor puzzles from simple to difficult. Once the students have solved the problem, they look around the answer for a “sign” with the correct answer displayed. If it is not around the room, they know they have made a mistake. If they can spot the answer on a “sign,” they quietly get up out of their seats, walk over to the answer, and rip off a smaller version to glue on to their papers. Every time I use this activity, my students are SILENT and engaged the entire time. Also, they whine when I stop them because they are having such a great time.
There are several files in this folder:
Factor Puzzle Scavenger Hunt Part 1: Recording Sheet Copy Master for students. Copy the pages back to back and make enough copies for EACH STUDENT to have their own. This is where they will do all of their work.
Factor Puzzle Scavenger Hunt Answer Key: Answer Key: This has the correct answers matched so that you can quickly check student work while circulating.
Factor Puzzle Scavenger Hunt Part 2: Answer Advertisements or Signs to staple around the classroom. There are ten answers on each page; however, I have 30 students, so I made 3 COPES OF EACH “SIGN” Then, I stapled the three identical copies together at the top, so that they were all connected. Next, I cut the smaller versions of the answers into separate strips. By only cutting between the small rectangles, up to the solid line, it makes it easy for students to easily rip off the answer when they find it and doesn’t create a large mess.