If you follow me on Instagram, then you've probably seen the fun math magician activities we have been doing to practice problem solving! If you don't, go check it out. :)
This set includes four activities to practice problem solving in your classroom.
Activity 1: Unlocking the Magic
I used an empty black box from home, wrapped some chains from Hobby Lobby around it and added some learning locks from Lakeshore. You could also use regular locks and keys and just write numbers and equations on them! Students solve the word problems, find the matching equation on the key and match it to the lock with the answer. They have to unlock all the locks to open the box!
Activity 2: Pulling a Rabbit Out of a Hat
Students pull an addition or subtraction key word out of a hat, then use it to write their own word problem. I put them inside of rabbit Easter eggs, but you certainly do not have to.
Activity 3: Pick a Card, Any Card
Students pick a card and have to create any addition or subtraction problem that has that sum/difference.
Activity 4: The Disappearing Act
Use two colors of manipulatives to place under two cups. Secretly add some or take some away. Students will see the first number and the answer to the equation, but will have to figure out the missing number. How many did you add or take away?