Finding just-right resources for all of our learners is a full time job, especially for my highest group of mathematicians. These are the friends that are working a grade-level (or two) above 1st grade and the ones who sometimes struggle to show growth on District Assessment programs (STAR, MAP, etc.). As teachers, our initial reaction is to say – “Hey, these friends know the first grade content. I’m time to move on.” - only to repeatedly hear from math coaches and administrators – “Don’t teach another grade level’s math content!” So, the question for the ages - if I can’t teach 2nd or 3rd grade content, how do I challenge these students and move them forward?
In this Math Puzzlers Set #3, you’ll find 18 addition/subtraction brain teasers (and teacher answer keys) that require students to find which two numbers that can be swapped so both jars (or equations) are equal to one another.
When working with these problems, students are intertwining their understandings of addition, subtraction, missing addends, and commutative property. This 3rd set of Math Puzzlers is more difficult than my Math Puzzlers Set #1 and my Math Puzzlers Set #2.
In this resource, you’ll find
*18 addition/subtraction brain puzzlers
* 2 blank templates for student-created puzzlers
* 4 Recording Pages (to meet the needs of many classrooms)
* Teacher answer keys
**These shape equations can be purchased in a discounted BUNDLE of all 4 of my Math Puzzlers here.**
Accomplishing difficult tasks allows students to develop a mindset of growth and resilience. Students know it’s okay to make mistakes, try the wrong number, or unknowingly defend the wrong number. The sense of accomplishment when students complete a puzzle task (sometimes taking up to 15-20 minutes) is significant. Now, my highest mathematicians beg for these cards and love the challenge. Our motto has quickly become, “Our brains love to do hard things.”
If you have any questions or requests, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brown-Bag Teacher
***For other math resources, check out my Primary Math Centers, Differentiated 120s Chart and Making 10 Centers & Assessment.