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- Use this YEAR LONG BUNDLE of PRINT & GO math enrichment activities to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving fun ALL YEAR LONG. A Year of Math Challenges & Brain Teasers includes every math challenge and brain teaser pack in the store and is$89.00$119.50Save $30.50
Did you like the original? There's more! 40 more PRINT & GO math problems to engage and challenge your advanced 2nd and 3rd grade students. These math challenge and brainteaser activities can be used as math centers, fast finishers, homework worksheets, number talks, math contracts, problem of the day/week, small group work, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and NO PREP for you!
Recommended as a challenge for 2nd and 3rd grade students.
Included in this pack:
20 Math Challenges
- Amusement Park (Adding one and two-digit numbers, multiplying two digit by one digit numbers)
- Field Trip (Multiplying two digit by one digit numbers, adding three-digit numbers)
- 25 Block Staircase (Adding one and two-digit numbers, looking for patterns, organizing addition)
- Sum of 250 (Guess & check, addition, consecutive numbers)
- Owl Creek Elementary (Defining more/less, adding and subtracting two and three-digit numbers)
- Pizza Shares (Fractions, dividing a whole into equal parts, mixed numbers, halves, thirds, fourths)
- Birthday Cookies (Fractions, finding a whole when given a fractional part, mixed number addition)
- Mileage (Repeated addition/multiplication, addition with decimals)
- Birthday Cupcakes (Fractions, mixed numbers, dividing a whole into equal parts)
- Hopping Bunnies (Multiplication one and two-digit, 2 step problem)
- The Louvre (Multiplication with large numbers, time in days/hours/minutes/seconds)
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (Organizing data, finding all possibilities, combinations)
- Roll the Dice (Organizing data, finding all possibilities, combinations, writing a ratio/fraction)
- Sack Lunch (Organizing data, finding all possibilities, combinations)
- Crayon Combinations (Organizing data, finding all possibilities, combinations)
- Hexominoes (Logical thinking, guess and check, finding all possibilities, congruence)
- Perimeter of 24 (Logical thinking, addition, perimeter, guess and check)
- Equal Art #1 (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities, addition)
- Equal Art #2 (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities, addition)
- Seating Chart (Division, equal parts of a whole)
All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem
- Wonka Treats #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- Wonka Treats #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- Animal Farm #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- Animal Farm #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- Parking Lot #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
- Parking Lot #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- Alphabet Soup #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, medium)
- Alphabet Soup #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
- Alphabet Soup #3 (Logical thinking, guess and check, very difficult)
- Target Number 10 (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Target Number 11 (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Target Number 12 (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- Target Number 13 (Logical thinking, guess and check)
- The Legs in the Barn (Guess and check, addition, finding all possibilities)
- NBA Math #1 (Addition, multiplication, missing addends, easier)
- NBA Math #2 (Addition, multiplication, missing addends, more advanced)
- Haunted Lane (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
- First Day of School (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
- Library Line (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities, subtracting money, making change)
- Chickadees (Logical thinking, eliminating possibilities)
Answer keys for every problem are included
Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.
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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:
*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at my blog HERE.
*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.
*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.
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