**This resource is a DISCOUNTED BUNDLE of my 4 Math Puzzler Card Sets. They can be purchased individually as -Math Puzzlers Set #1 - 2 Shape Equations , Math Puzzlers Set #2 - 3 Shape Equations, Math Puzzlers Set #3 - Number Jars, and Math Puzzlers Set #4 - Math Squares
So often it seems that 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?
When challenging this group, I most often turn to (1) word problems, (2) writing about our math thinking, and (3) math brain teasers/puzzles. All three require students to apply their math skills in flexible and unconventional ways. Additionally, all three avenues require students to ask themselves “Does my answer make sense?” as well as, be able to justify their answers.
In this resource, you’ll find
*Math Puzzlers Set #1 - 2 Shape Equations
*Math Puzzlers Set #2 - 3 Shape Equations
*Math Puzzlers Set #3 - Number Jars
*Math Puzzlers Set #4 - Math Squares
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.