Place Value Enrichment - 2-digit Number Puzzles

Christy Howe
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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Place Value Number Puzzles are a fun, interactive way to challenge and engage your students. The 20 original puzzles are designed to build a solid understanding of place value and number sense, while also developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

How do Place Value Puzzles work?
Students use hands-on number tiles (digits 0-9) and a series of 4-6 clues to build the one correct 2-digit number that meets the given criteria.

Each number puzzle includes a variety of math concepts, skills, and vocabulary to nurture a strong understanding of numbers, number operations, and number patterns. For example, puzzle #2 reads:

• It is an odd number.
• It is less than the value of 5 dimes.
• The digit in the tens place is > the digit in the ones place.
• Only one digit is odd.
• The sum of the digits is 7.

How can I use Place Value Number Puzzles with my students?
The 20 Number Puzzles are provided in three different formats to help you adapt this resource to best meet the needs of your students and instruction.

1. Guided Pages: There are twenty full-page puzzles designed for whole group, small group, and/or other teacher-led instruction.

2. Cooperative Learning Cards: There are twenty sets of task cards for cooperative learning or student-led learning teams. Each set is made up of one Number Puzzle. The clues are separated into four different cards. Each member of the team is given one card or one piece of the puzzle. Students then work together to reach the solution.

3. Printable Pages: There are ten printable pages with two puzzles per page for independent or partner application.

This resource includes:
• 20 two-digit number puzzles in three different formats
• Detailed teacher tips for set-up and implementation of all three formats
• Answer Key
• Printable Number Tiles 0-9

Place Value Number Puzzles are great for:
• Math Centers and Stations
• Anchor Activities
• Cooperative Learning
• Independent Enrichment
• Bell Ringers/Morning Work
• Anticipatory Activities/Learning “Hooks”

This resource is designed for high ability 2nd-grade students. You can find 3-digit Place Value Puzzles for 3rd grade HERE.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I would love to hear from you!

If you and your students enjoy these activities, you may also like the following differentiated enrichment activities:
Hundred Board Number Puzzles (2nd grade)
Hundred Board Number Puzzles: BUNDLE! (grades 1-3)
Math Logic Puzzles (3rd grade)
Creativity in the Classroom: Tips, Tools, & Printable Activies
Brain Food! No Prep Printables for Critical and Creative Thinking

© Christy Howe. Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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