Math Performance Task Problems Grade 2 - 3 Winter Theme | Print and Digital

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Are you looking for challenging math problem solving tasks that keep your students engaged, apply the math you have taught, and meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards? How about a set of performance tasks that are scaffolded for your less experienced problem solvers?

This resource is for you!

And now available with DIGITAL ACCESS!

This set of 3 math problem solving challenges can be used in a number of ways…as whole class explorations, as small group challenges, or as independent work for those students needing something more. In my classroom, these are often whole-class explorations where students work in teams, share ideas, guess and check their ideas—and then present their solutions.

The problem solving and math applications are high level and meaningful. Because grade 2-3 students may not have experienced this type of problems solving before, I have offered the tasks with different types of support. In some cases, I offer different levels of challenge. In other cases, tables and other organizers are provided to help students see what work needs to be done and to help with precision and accuracy.


Appropriate for grades 2-3, depending on skill level and level of support offered or for grades 4-5 for review or for less experienced problem solvers. Selected answers are included, but many of the tasks (by definition of "open ended") have multiple solutions.

Don't let the "Seasonal" label stop you... I use these tasks all year--some teachers just like to tie some activities to the time of year--and these sets can help with that!

Here are the 3 challenges!

Skating Spectacular

This challenge asks students to solve a multiple step problem where they need to rent skates for a group of people, buy snacks, and then come up with a total cost. The task is available in “Level A” which has only whole dollars (ex. $5) and “Level B” which uses money with decimals (ex. $3.25). You can use either version for your whole class or you can differentiate within the class because the task stays the same no matter which set of numbers you use.

Snow Day Celebration

This challenge is all about “time” and students need to add amounts of time to fill a daily schedule. This is a great beginning to understanding elapsed time as well has how our non-base 10 time system works—that an hour can be divided into four equal parts of 15 minutes or 2 equal 30 minute parts. There are countless ways for students to plan their snow day, and the “rules” about limiting video games and so on add an addition challenge.

Cookie Capers

The cookie challenge is a fun one for students and can be accessed in a number of ways. Students could use manipulatives to model the pans of cookies. They could draw pictures. They could use repeated addition or even multiplication! This is a true open ended challenge because there are many ways to solve it—and then there are challenge questions at the end for students who are ready for a little bit more!


These problems are meant to take extended periods of time! Please allow students to work long enough to do high quality work! These problems often take 2-3 class periods...especially if you give ample work time, pull the class together to share ideas/troubleshoot along the way, share tips, and so on.

Remember, part of “problem solving” involves “problems!” so don’t expect these to be easy for your students who are used to getting a solution quickly—or who expect there to only be one “right” answer! Celebrate great ideas and strategies… sometimes the process is more important than getting a correct answer in the end! Common Core connection pages are included, but know that students may use a variety of strategies to solve these so they are just “connections” to help you with your planning.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons, including finding the perimeter given the side lengths, finding an unknown side length, and exhibiting rectangles with the same perimeter and different areas or with the same area and different perimeters.
Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three-digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.


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