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, mitten-themed number puzzles, are a super-fun way for your kiddos to practice sequencing
numbers from 1-10, counting backwards
from 10 to 1, and skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s
They are a wonderful addition to Jan Brett's story, The Mitten
To use as an independent math center
, simply print the 7
mitten shape puzzles on a variety of colors, laminate and trim.
Make a double set for a “Speed” game
, and have students play against a partner to see who finishes first.
To keep interest, challenge students to see if they can beat their last time.
Children can use the blank grids
to place the puzzle pieces on, or simply arrange them on their work space.
Another option is to run off puzzles for the entire class.
They choose a colorful mitten, trace and write the numbers, color the word mitten
, then trim
their puzzle. Have them mix up the pieces
and then put their puzzle back together.
After children have assembled their puzzle, to make a cute bulletin board
, have students glue their puzzle to a sheet of construction paper, leaving a small gap in-between each piece creating a cool mosaic effect
Besides the mitten shaped
puzzles, I’ve also included a set of 13 rectangular
number puzzles, so that you can combine math with literacy
Since Jan Brett’s story, The Mitten
, is a Ukrainian folktale, I’ve also included a map of the Ukraine
Take a teachable moment to toss in a bit of geography
, by having students find the country on a world map or globe.
The other 22 rectangular
puzzles, feature the characters
from The Mitten
There are colorful puzzles
to be used in a center
, as well as black & white
puzzles, so that your students can make their own.
I keep the full-color puzzles, in their own Zip-lock Baggie in my math center
All of these fit the blank mitten grid, that kiddos can use for a base if they need to.
As a whole group activity
, I give students a choice of which animal puzzle they want to make.
I did not number the character puzzles, so that students can number each strip
according to your directions.
This way you can work on those toughie teen numbers
, or counting beyond 100
the animal and word, cut
their puzzle apart, then put it back together.
You can also make these into a mosaic picture
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy practicing counting skills with strip puzzles, as much as mine do.
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