Challenge your students this Halloween season with these 26 challenge task cards. These are all multi-step word problems designed to make students think. Before using these task cards, students should be familiar with adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. These task cards also introduce some multiplication/division skills, but can be figured out without direct instruction in those subjects. I use these challenge problems to help push my second graders into higher order problem solving thinking skills during math instruction. These would also work well for third grade challenge problems, and could be an easier practice for fourth graders.
There are 26 problems included, as well as two options for recording sheets and an answer key. Some ideas to use this game are as a scoot, as a challenge problem of the day, by hiding them around your room and having students find them, or simply by using them on a binder ring as a task card set. Students are sure to rise to the challenge and it is a great way to promote critical thinking and problem solving skills either individually or as a group.
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