Place Value Activities for Fast Finishers - Math Spiral Review - Set 1

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Love using these with my children. it was a fun way to keep them engaged and to make math a little bit different and fun
Absolutely loved this resource. Provided rigor and engagement for my above level 2nd grade students. This activity stretched over several days and kept them challenged.
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Challenge your students with this set of 50 engaging printable and projectable place value riddle cards for three digit numbers! This mental math activity is great for fast finishers, math centers, and spiral review all through the school year.

Save 20% by purchasing this resource in a bundle of 100 riddles and activities, Bundle! Place Value Riddles for Three-Digit Numbers: "Fishing Around" and "Monkeying Around". Click the listings above for details!

These riddles are easy to differentiate to keep all levels of learners engaged in practice! Please download the preview to see examples of the difficulty range of the riddles.

In addition to place value, your students will use clues involving math skills in addition, subtraction, geometry, and comparing numbers to solve these riddles.

There are no clues using division in this resource.

Here's what this place value resource includes!

50 multi-step place value riddle task cards for three-digit numbers in color

⭐ The same 50 riddle cards in black & white, as an ink-saving option. They print
well on brightly colored cardstock!

⭐ A projectable version of the same riddles, with each riddle displaying as a full

⭐ An answer key for you or your students, provided in both color and black and

⭐ A student recording sheet

⭐ A coordinating game board for using the riddle cards in a math center or small
group, also in color and black and white

⭐ Four task cards for independent use in math centers, with ideas for different
ways to use the place value riddle cards

⭐ Four blank cards, for your students to create their own riddle cards

How can you use this resource in your classroom?

☛ Solving a riddle a day makes spiral review of math vocabulary, concepts, and processes a snap!

☛ Since they can be used in any order, these riddles are great for those random moments when you want to keep your students engaged and learning.

☛ Use the cards as a math rotation or math center activity.

Use the full page slides as a bellringer activity! Put a riddle up on your interactive board for students to solve as they enter your classroom in the morning or after their lunch/recess time.

☛ Display a place value riddle on your whiteboard as the basis for a daily number talk. No more struggling to come up with a new idea every day!

Focus student attention at the beginning of your math lesson by solving a riddle together.

Tutors and parent volunteers love keeping a set of riddle cards on hand for an easy way to fill extra moments at the end of a lesson.

☛ These challenging riddles are also perfect for enrichment or for early finishers!

Here's what teachers like you are saying about these place value riddles!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Shannon said, "These were used for my number talks and the students had to really think about many of the answers! I loved the thought process that went into each one."

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amy said, "Fun and engaging way for children to access place value. The language and reasoning opportunities were many!"

* This resource is a ZIP file.

Supports CCSS2.OA.B.2 and 2.NBT.A.1.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.


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