EARLY FINISHERS! MATH ACTIVITIES! CRITICAL THINKING! Mystery Digit Crossword Puzzles are a great activity for early finishers or for math centers. These puzzles use critical thinking skills and mathematical reasoning! They don’t work the same as regular crossword puzzles. In these 10 crossword puzzles, most of each puzzle has been completed, but there are some digits missing. Students have to use critical thinking skills to figure out what the missing digits are.
This set of 10 puzzles includes multiplication facts 0-12.
For each puzzle, students get a set of tiles with the digits 0-9. They will use each tile only one time. They must figure out how to complete the puzzle using every one of the tiles.
In most puzzles, there are 1-3 tiles left over. There are boxes on the side of each puzzle for these tiles, so students will have to figure out where to place the tiles and which tiles they don’t need.
Answer keys are included, although the puzzles are “self-checking” because students will not be able to complete the puzzle incorrectly.
These puzzles are also great for differentiation. Because they use higher level critical thinking skills, they can be used as math enrichment for higher students and in small teacher-directed groups for students who need more support.
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