Students will practice Common Core math standards in the Number & Operations in Base Ten Domain (specifically composing and decomposing numbers 11-20).
I have created these puzzles for the kindergarten and first grade classrooms in my school. Each classroom has found multiple ways to incorporate them into the curriculum. Some use them as anchoring activities, as center activities, morning work, a free choice activity, independent practice or they are even sent home with students for extra practice. There are endless opportunities for students to use these puzzles.
There are four different puzzles included in this set. Each puzzle features a number from 11-20. Students will learn how numbers 11-20 are represented in a variety of ways. These puzzles can be used with any math program. Students will be exposed to the written form of the number, the numerical form of the number, the number represented in rods and units, the number represented as tens and ones, the number as a ten with some extra (10 + 4 more = 14), and the number represented on ten frames.
Students absolutely LOVE these puzzles. I have found that they are extremely motivating and keep students engaged! Students are constantly asking to work on the puzzles. They are wonderful to reinforce the skill, as enrichment or even for older students that struggle with composing and decomposing numbers 11-20. The big pieces are perfect for little hands!
I have used card stock and laminated the puzzle pieces for durability. Also, some of the teachers I gave them to have put each puzzle set on a different color paper to help keep them organized!