Here are nine puzzles that provide subtraction practice with a little twist! Each puzzle presents clues that review subtraction facts and lead students on a hunt for a mystery number. Students use the clues to cross out numbers on a chart. When they're done, one number is left uncrossed. That's the mystery number!
There's also an extra activity at the bottom of each page. Students write two subtraction sentences that have their mystery number as the answer.
I've also included two blank templates to let you tailor the puzzles to fit your students' needs.
• Template 1 lets you write problems with answers 1 to 9. So, you can do things like create a whole page that focuses on only one or two fact families, such as the family of 10 (10 – 3, 10 – 6, and so on) or the family of 10 & 11. You can also write two-digit subtraction clues (such as 32 – 30 or 45 – 41). Any problem will work as long as the answers range from 1 to 9.
• Template 2 lets you create your own problems and answers. For example, you can write two-digit problems with two-digit answers. You can even let students create their own puzzle pages to share with the class!
I hope you and your class have fun with the puzzles. And – if you're interested in other resources on addition and/or subtraction facts, please check out these products: