Math Challenges & Brainteasers-Perfect Fast Finishers, Homework, & Extensions

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46 print-and-go math printables and answer keys you can use for math groups, homework, fast finishers, or whole class problem solving!

Included in this pack:
27 Math Challenges

*Books (Adding two-digit numbers)
*Fingers and Toes (Repeated addition, multiplication by tens or twenties)
*Sum of 150 (Guess and check, addition)
*Haunted Mansion Number Hang-Up #1 (Organizing data, defining digits)
*Haunted Hotel Number Hang-Up #2 (Organizing data, defining digits)
*Candy Kids (Single-digit addition, logical thinking, organizing data)
*Electoral Votes (Estimation, guess and check)
*Coin Combination (Adding change, guess and check, organizing data)
*Library Fines (Adding money, repeated addition/multiplication)
*The Penny Problem (Patterns, addition with money to $5,000)
*Darci’s Donations (Addition with money, subtraction)
*Holiday Gifts (Addition with money, subtraction)
*Road Trip (Addition, four-digit division, multiplication)
*Cookie Plates (Addition, repeated addition/multiplication)
*Days in Office (Logical thinking, calendar math, addition)
*Quarters, Dimes, and Nickels (Adding coins, logical thinking, guess and check)
*Pizza Party (Fractions, multiplication, division)
*2006 Medal Count (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Four Leaf Clovers (Repeated addition/multiplication, logical thinking, drawing complex problems)
*How Many Legs? (Repeated addition/multiplication, logical thinking, drawing complex problems)
*Marathon Runners (Addition/multiplication with decimals, relating km, to miles and ft.)
*Five Square Challenge (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Perimeter Problem (Logical thinking, addition, perimeter, guess and check)
*Equal Sums (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities, addition)
*Heads and Tentacles (Addition, multiplication, division, guess and check)
*The Magic Pentomino (Perimeter, adding one-digit numbers)
*Beach Reading (Logical thinking, guess and check)

19 Brainteasers
*Who am I? (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Trick or Treat (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
*Thanksgiving Dinner Restaurant Style (Adding money with decimals)
*Thanksgiving Dinner #1 (Logical thinking, multiplication and division, easier)
*Thanksgiving Dinner #2 (Logical thinking, multiplication and division, more difficult)
*Equal Equations #1 (Equivalent number sentences easier)
*Equal Equations #2 (Equivalent number sentences more advanced)
*Mystery Numbers (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*A Brainteaser with 22 Legs (Guess and check, addition)
*Super Bowl Math #1 (Addition, multiplication, easier)
*Super Bowl Math #2 (Addition, multiplication, more advanced)
*Valentine Mail (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
*Olympic Athletes (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
*Numbers in Hiding #1 (Addition, subtraction, estimation, guess and check)
*Numbers in Hiding #2 (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, estimation, guess and check)
*Bunny Brainteaser (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
*Total Value #1 (Adding coins easier)
*Total Value #2 (Adding coins more advanced)
*Road Trippin’ (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)

Answer keys for every problem are included!


I've used these in my own 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grade classrooms for a number of purposes. Here are a few ideas for how you might use these in your own classroom:

*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.

*Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons where they've already mastered the material.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.

*Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.

If you'd like to try out a few challenges and brainteasers for free before you buy, check out my Math Challenges & Brainteasers Freebie here.

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***These are the same math challenges and brainteasers included with my monthly homework packs. If you have already purchased these packs, please do not purchase this product.***


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