# Peanut Butter Puzzle Common Core Problem Solving Math Challenges Sample Pack

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Give this sample pack a try! Second and third graders will love them!
Kids love numbers and challenges, and the Peanut Butter Puzzle is a fun way to challenge them!

How To Use Peanut Butter Puzzles:
•Group students into pairs of two and identify one as the "peanut butter" and one as the "jelly". These labels can be used by teachers as needed.
•The students read the "Did you know" fact and work their way through the problem questions. Students must label all answers with a unit. The questions successively increase in difficulty as indicated by the number of dots. One/two dots are considered easy, three dots are more difficult and four/five dots are the most challenging.
•Next, partners move on to the last part of the puzzle challenge, "Take a Bite out of This Number". This section assesses the students’ ability to take a given number and change it in a step-by-step process to practice and reinforce CCSS.
•A mystery number closes the exercise. Students need to discover the link between an answer from the top section and an answer from the bottom section as being the same. This number is the mystery number.
•This is not a teacher directed activity, but a student led experience. Not allowed: I can’t…, I won’t…, Too hard…, I don’t get it… you know what we mean The teacher should only facilitate…trust us! The kids will do it!
•Specific CCSS have been aligned with this activity and are listed on each challenge sheet. This is a great math activity that we, The Giggle Box Teachers, use one day a week as a change-up from our standard district math curriculum. Kids love it! It's also a great way to assess how kids solve word problems. You can monitor their thought processes, how they voice their ideas with other students, how they cooperate with others and how they solve problems in a hands-on manner as they choose manipulatives, such as slates, counters, rulers, paper and pencil etc.

Need more Peanut Butter Puzzles? Visit my store for Second Grade Quarter 1, 2, 3 (available Aug 2013) and 4. Each packet contains 9 puzzles for the quarter to be done on a weekly basis. Fourth quarter could be used as review for beginning of third grade.

Bibliography: Did you know facts adapted from: McGraw Hill Wright Group Everyday Mathematics Minute Math+ Grades 1-3, (2007); Fun Factz @ http://www.funfactz.com/people-facts/ ; Science Kids @ http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts.html

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