Ordering Numbers, Comparing Numbers, 1 - 20 - Math Riddle Number Talk Activities

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Are you looking for a number sense activity that will practice early math concepts and skills for 0 - 20 and keep your PreK and kindergarten students engaged and having fun? Make your daily number talks easy with this fun set of riddles!

Here's what this kindergarten resource includes!

♦ 40 number sense riddle task cards, with two for every number from 1 - 20

♦ 40 full page slides of the same riddles, giving you more choices in how you'll use this set. Project on your interactive board or use on digital devices!

♦ Student recording page

♦ Answer Key

♦ Two board game style charts to record whole class progress with the riddle cards, with each in both color and black and white versions

♦ Themed 0-20 number lines for support as needed

♦ Three printable pages for challenge work or fast finishers. Each page has three riddles, with students choosing from three answers for each riddle. Answer keys for these pages are included.

Here are the skills/activities included in this number sense riddle set:

⭐ Sequence of numbers 1-20
⭐ More than / less than / between
⭐ Number patterns ( counting up, counting back, alternate number patterns)
⭐ Ten frames

⭐ Dominoes

⭐ Counting fingers
⭐ Characteristics of 2D shapes

Because of the skills chosen and the narrow range of numbers, you'll be able to use these number sense riddles right from the beginning of the kindergarten school year, or even with your preschool students!

You'll find so many ways to use these math riddle cards!

⭐ Use a riddle as a starting point for your daily number talk. Challenge your students to come up with another clue for the same number.
⭐ Start a lesson with a warm-up riddle on your interactive board to build number sense.
⭐ Riddles are a great way to review math vocabulary.
⭐ Practice identifying key details by modeling how riddles are solved. This will lay the foundation for comprehension skills like making inferences and drawing conclusions, and help your students understand how these skills apply across the curriculum.

⭐ Got a spare moment to fill? Riddles make a great sponge activity!

Expand your calendar activities by solving one or more number sense riddles each day.
⭐ After you've worked together to solve a few math riddles, your students will enjoy writing riddles together. What a fun way to bring math into shared writing!
⭐ Make solving a riddle part of your Morning Meeting activities.
⭐ Bring math riddles into your math stations and math rotations by using the full page slides on your students' tablets and laptops.

⭐ Use the printable pages for fast finishers or challenge work ... or print on cardstock, cut apart, and use them as task cards.

Here's what teachers are saying about these riddles!

Ketaki said, "This was an easy resource to use with my students. They enjoyed the riddles and it helped them talk with one another about how they got their answer. They were so excited to try to be the first to solve the riddle."

Lindsey said, " Great resource to get the kids to talk out their thinking."

Renee said, "Good resource - love the discussion that stems from students discussing how to solve these riddles."

Supports CCSS K.CC.A.1






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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.


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