Math Activities Addition, Subtraction, Place Value Riddles 1st 2nd Grade

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1st - 2nd, Homeschool
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Here's a set of fun and effective math activities to build skills and vocabulary in first grade and second grade math. This set of 120 riddle cards will give your students lots of practice with addition, subtraction, place value, adding and subtracting tens, and comparing numbers with equality and inequality symbols. Read on for ideas of how to use this resource for distance learning and hybrid classrooms!

This riddle card set is also available in the following money-saving bundles.

240 Math Riddles for First Grade and Second Grade, Set 1 and Set 2 - enough math riddles to keep your students challenged all year, or to do one riddle in school and send one home each day!

Grades 1-5 Spiral Math Review Bundle - a great choice for math specialists and math intervention teachers.

Spanish/English Bundle: Math Riddle Cards for First Grade and Second Grade - ideal for bilingual, immersion, and ESL classrooms.

This set of 120 printable riddle cards for grades one and two is great for spiral review all year when you use a card or two every day! Each of the cards has a three-clue riddle whose answer is a number from one to 120.

Here's a sample of one of the riddles:

I am an odd number.

I have 8 tens.

My ones digit is one more than my tens digit.

What am I?

***** PLEASE NOTE: This is not an interactive digital resource. But here are some ideas for your distance teaching!

Parents, during an extended school closure/ distance learning period, choose 2-4 cards each day to read, discuss, and solve with your child. Alternatively, display one riddle at a time on your tablet or laptop using the Powerpoint version that's included.

Teachers, display a riddle from the Powerpoint display as part of your math lesson on Zoom or similar. You could also email one of the individual jpegs from the included file to your students before your meeting, or post it on your password-protected classroom website. Have your students work out the solution ahead of time using a favorite app like Seesaw and discuss the solution during your meeting. You'll keep your students' math skills sharp without using lots of tedious worksheets! These riddles are a fun and effective way to practice math vocabulary, critical thinking, and mental math.

The PowerPoint presentation and individual slides that are included with this set give you so many teaching options! This format makes it so easy to use the 120 individual slides throughout the year for your Morning Message, Math Message, number talks, lesson focus, and whole class lessons, in addition to the remote learning options described above.

You'll discover so many ways to use these cards!

☛ Solve a riddle a day together for spiral math review.
☛ Use a riddle as a warm-up before your math lesson.
☛ Expand your calendar activities by solving one or more riddles each day and using the cards to build a hundred chart on your wall.
☛ In a small group or with partners, the cards can be used with 100 number chart games. Task cards/directions cards for two games are included.
☛ Use the riddle cards as task cards. Students can check their own solutions on the answer key that’s provided with this resource.
☛ For independent work, the cards can be used with the included solve-and-color page.
☛ Use them for a Read the Room activity - keep your little mathematicians moving for better learning!
☛ For ongoing whole class review, use the cards as exit tickets. Distribute a card to each child and provide a few moments to solve. Have the children line themselves up to leave the classroom by putting themselves in numerical order according to the answers for their cards.
☛ Solving riddles is a great way to model and practice identifying key details, making inferences, and drawing conclusions. Show your students how that applies in both math and reading, and how improving these skills will help them in both areas!

In order to be successful with the riddle cards, your students should be familiar with odd/even, tens and ones, adding and subtracting tens, US coins (pennies, nickels, dimes), and comparison signs for equalities and inequalities.

**Please note, this set uses only US coins.** If you'd prefer to have this set in a version that doesn't use money in the clues, click here.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.
Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.
Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <.
Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases:


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