Give your students an engaging way to practice their operations skills! These puzzle race games are perfect for those times when students just need more time with their skills, but not in worksheet form. They’re also good for the holidays or those days when the weather’s cold and your students are inside for recess.
This product includes 5 different problem strips and 9 different puzzles. There are 5 puzzles for just “winter themed” games, as well as 2 general Christmas and 2 religious. There is a problem strip for each of these operation concepts: addition and subtraction with decimals, multiplying with 2-3 digit numbers, multiplying with decimals, dividing with 1 digit divisors, and dividing with 2 digit divisors. Each question strip has 12 problems, matching the 12 piece puzzles.
This is a whole class game. Divide your students into partner groups. Each group gets a problem strip. Groups may work on the problems in any order. When students finish a problem, they need to check the answer with you (answer keys are included). If they get the answer correct, you give them a puzzle piece. If it is incorrect, they need to go back and find their mistake and correct it. You may choose to give them a hint as to where the mistake is or not. The first group to complete their puzzle wins.
1. Copy the puzzle you are using on different colored copy paper – separate color for each group. Place puzzles in separate baggies. When students get their answer correct, they just tell you what color they are, and you hand them a color from their bag. You don’t have to give pieces out in the same order for each group.
2. Have students glue their puzzle on a sheet of copy paper when they have finished it. This way, they can turn it in for a completion grade.
3. Partner students who struggle with the operation concept with students who are more fluent. This is a great way to have students peer tutor each other!
4. Let students work out their problems on white boards. They can bring you their white board to check their answer.
Your students will have a ball playing this game, and they will get some quality practice with their math skills.