Puzzle Maps are a fun and interactive way to get your students to practice their facts. In this bundle, there are 3 maps for your students to enjoy, differentiated by letters A-C. These will practice facts to 5. More Maps will be coming as soon as I complete them!
A-C Multiplication Facts to 5
D-G Multiplication Facts to 10
H-K Multiplication Facts to 12
L-O Multiplication 2-Digit by 1-Digit
P-S Multiplication 3-Digit by 1-Digit
T-V Multiplication 2-Digit by 2-Digit
W-Z Multiplication 3-Digit by 2-Digit
A 24-piece puzzle (any design you choose is fine!)
One package of 2 flexible chopping mats
A Sharpie Marker (I prefer black)
Optional: Dry Erase Marker and Cleaning Cloth
Before students can practice, you will need to prepare your puzzles. Follow these steps to make it easy.
1. Open your chopping mat and lay one mat in front of you
2. Put your puzzle together on the mat
3. Place the second chopping mat over top of the completed puzzle
4. It is very important that your flip your puzzle bringing the right side up and to the left side.
5. Follow the Answer Guide to write each of the numbers on the back of the pieces with the permanent marker. I have found that including the letter of the puzzle is helpful if multiple puzzles are out at one time.
6. Print the Puzzle Map template
Playing with Puzzle Maps
Students love playing with Puzzle Maps. Below are step by step directions for you as the teacher, and on the next page there are directions that you can print and keep with your puzzle map.
1. Open the puzzle map and lay all pieces out picture side down. Students should see only the numbers that you wrote.
2. Place the puzzle map where it can be seen
3. Lay out one flexible chopping board
4. Solve the first problem on the puzzle map
5. If you chose to include the optional dry erase marker, students can write the answer in the square. Students will determine that 12 is the answer to the first problem and find the puzzle piece with the 12 written on it.
6. Before placing the piece on the map, students must say the entire fact out loud.
7. Students will place the first piece in the top left corner of the chopping mat. At first my students would work from left to right putting the pieces in as they went, but some liked to work down. It is up to you to decide which process will work better for your class.
8. Once students have used the puzzle map to complete the entire puzzle, they will place the other chopping mat on top of the puzzle, then flip it over to reveal the picture!
For any questions, please email email@example.com. Enjoy!