Math Riddles 1st / 2nd Grade | Set 1, Addition Subtraction No Coin Clues

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  1. Build math skills, vocabulary, inference, and the ability to distinguish and use key details with this bundle of 240 math riddle cards for grades one and two. Riddles are so much fun that your students will beg for more, so now both of these sets have been included in this money-saving bundle!⭐ The
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Build math skills, vocabulary, inference, and use of key details with this set of 120 spiral review math task cards for grades one and two. When you use a card or two every day, this resource is a great way to keep concepts and vocabulary sharp!

⭐ The riddles in this resource are the same as those in this set except that all references to money have been removed.

If you teach in a non-U.S. school or would prefer riddles that can be used early in the year in first grade, this is the set for you!

If you have any questions about this, please leave me a question in the Q&A section and I'll get back to you ASAP!

Each of the cards has a three-clue riddle whose answer is a number from one to 120.

Here's a sample riddle:

I'm between 35 and 45.

I have 3 tens.

My digits total nine.

What am I?

***** PLEASE NOTE: This is not an interactive digital resource. But here are some ideas for your distance teaching!

Parents, during an extended school closure/ distance learning period, choose 2-4 cards each day to read, discuss, and solve with your child. Alternatively, display one riddle at a time on your tablet or laptop using the Powerpoint version that's included.

Teachers, display a riddle from the Powerpoint display as part of your math lesson on Zoom or similar. You could also email one of the individual jpegs from the included file to your students before your meeting, or post it on your password-protected classroom website. Have your students work out the solution ahead of time using a favorite app like Seesaw and discuss the solution during your meeting. You'll keep your students' math skills sharp without using lots of tedious worksheets! These riddles are a fun and effective way to practice math vocabulary, critical thinking, and mental math.

The PowerPoint presentation and individual slides that are included with this set give you so many teaching options! This format makes it so easy to use the 120 individual slides throughout the year for your Morning Message, Math Message, number talks, lesson focus, and whole class lessons, in addition to the remote learning options described above.

Here are some other ways to use this resource with your class!

► Use a card as the basis for a daily number talk.
Solve a card every day right before you start your math lesson, as a warm-up and to get your students focused. This is a great option for online lessons, too!
► In whole group or small group lessons, the cards can be used for a game with the pocket chart or a 1-120 chart. (directions card included).
► In a small group or with partners, they can be used with a printable number grid activity (directions card and grid included). They're also great for a traditional game of war ... who has the higher number?

► For independent work, they can be used with the included solve-and-color page.
► Use the riddles for a great 100th Day of School activity!
► Use them as task cards or for a Read the Room activity - keep your little mathematicians moving for better learning!

In order to be successful with the riddle cards, your students should be familiar with early addition and subtraction, odd/even, tens and ones, adding and subtracting ten, and comparison signs for equalities and inequalities.

For additional support as needed, this set also includes a themed 120 chart in two versions, full color and blackline.

To allow more independent use in math centers, this resource also includes an answer key.

All 120 riddles in this set are completely different than those in Set 2. Click to see both versions of Set 2: 120 Riddles for the 120 Chart, Set 2 and 120 Riddles for the 120 Chart Set 2, with No Coin Riddles

Read the comments below to get lots of great ideas for using these riddle cards!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. If 8 + 3 = 11 is known, then 3 + 8 = 11 is also known. (Commutative property of addition.) To add 2 + 6 + 4, the second two numbers can be added to make a ten, so 2 + 6 + 4 = 2 + 10 = 12. (Associative property of addition.)
Given a two-digit number, mentally find 10 more or 10 less than the number, without having to count; explain the reasoning used.
Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <.


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