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 resource, you’ll find
*18 addition/subtraction brain 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 email@example.com.
The Brown-Bag Teacher
***For other math resources, check out my Math Puzzlers Set #2, Math Puzzlers Set #3, Primary Math Centers, and Differentiated 120s Chart.