These Puzzle Flips are self-checking. Students match pieces that contain fractions, decimals, models, and words. Once completed, they flip them over to reveal matching pictures. Puzzle Flips can be used during independent work, guided groups, intervention, centers, or for early finishers.
Fosters independent and higher-order thinking: There are three built-in “distractor pieces” that do not match any of the puzzles. These distractors are engineered to be plausible yet wrong, or in other words “trick” the students. As with multiple choice questions on standardized testing, I have created these distractors to reflect common errors. I have found that my students have become more independent thinkers and pay closer attention to details. I love the looks on their faces when mismatches appear. They look more closely at the puzzle, and you can see the lightbulb come on as they say, “Oh, I see what I did.” Additionally, students can’t just pluck out numbers to solve the word problems; they need to actually read to solve.
Storage: I recycle old music CD cases to store my sets. You can see pictures in the preview. They can also be stored in baggies or pencil pouches.
Standard Alignment: These are for fourth grade, enrichment for third grade, or remediation/review for fifth grade. I teach in Indiana, so I have included two different cover pages for each set: one for Hoosiers and one that only includes the topic. The puzzles address standards as well as many process standards. Indiana standards: 4.NS.4, 4.NS.5, 4.NS.6, 4.NS.7, 4.AT.5.
Common Core standards: 4.NF.A.1, 4.NF.A.2, 4.NF.B.3d, 4.NF.C.6, 4.NF.C.7.
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