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Review fractions of amounts / quantities, simplifying (simplest form), equivalents, converting between improper and mixed numbers with these 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Math center activities. An engaging alternative to standard worksheets, these 6 no prep printable Hidden Word / Spot the Mistakes puzzles make great bell ringers / starters, early finishers challenges, and homework tasks. They can be completed by individual students, pairs, or small groups, and they may not realize they are learning, which is always fun to see! Some of the puzzles are more challenging than others and are for older / more able students - please check the preview to see if enough of them will suit your students.
You'll return to these resources year after year to use different puzzles with different classes and groups. Similar to codebreaker or secret code puzzles, a linked word is revealed after completing the work. Each puzzle contains a grid. Within each box is a fraction / calculation and a letter. Students circle any boxes containing incorrect answers or errors such as non-equivalent fractions (depending on which puzzle it is). Then they assemble letters from the circled boxes to reveal a math word. There's a further question / task at the bottom of the page linked to the word.
Students often forget or avoid checking their work for errors so it’s great to get them carefully checking in these puzzles. Spotting errors may help them remember to check their own work and help them avoid common errors themselves.
This PDF file includes the following puzzles (and full answer keys):
Puzzles 1 and 2: Equivalent Fractions
Puzzle 3: Fractions in Simplest Form / Simplifying Fractions
Puzzle 4: Fractions of Quantities (Unit Fractions)
Puzzle 5: Fractions of Quantities (Harder)
Puzzle 6: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
This packet is now available in a great value Math Review Puzzles BUNDLE 4th 5th Grade, along with other math review puzzle packets. They can get quite addictive and you might get your students begging to do more! Please click on the link.
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