Place Value Riddles for Three Digit and Four Digit Numbers | Mental Math BUNDLE

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Used this resource as intervention with a small group of students during morning warmups. They worked in partners to gain/ earn points. I made the morning enjoyable right away. Thank you.

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    This bundle of 150 place value riddle cards for three digit and four digit numbers will make it easy to promote mental math skills and to differentiate, to keep all levels of learners from second grade through fifth grade engaged in fun and productive practice!

    There are three sets included in this bundle, two for high second grade, third grade, and fourth grade (100 cards) and another for fourth and fifth grade (50 cards), allowing you to easily span the ability of all of your students. Your struggling learners will find success, and your more advanced learners will be challenged, too!!

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    Each of the three sets includes...

    • 50 multi-step riddle cards that use place level position along with other math skills as clues for the digits in a number.
    • A themed student recording page and answer key
    • A board game that uses the riddle cards
    • Four task cards to extend your use of the riddle cards in math rotations and math centers
    • The Monkeying Around set also includes ready-to-use Easel digital riddles.

    How will you use these?

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

    ⭐ Use them as a math rotation activity.

    ⭐ They're excellent to use as a bell ringer activity! Put a riddle up on your interactive board for students to solve as they enter your classroom.

    ⭐ Use a place value riddle as the basis for a daily number talk centered on mental math. 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.

    ⭐ They’re also perfect for GATE, enrichment, or early finishers!

    Here's what teachers have said about place value riddle cards:

    ⭐ "Love the simple, forced thinking skills that are practiced."

    ⭐ "Love how these riddles really make the kiddos think!! Will be using them for whole class mental maths challenges! Thank you!"

    ⭐ "Fun and challenging - gets kids thinking in different ways!"

    ⭐ "We have been working on Place Value and I wanted something to challenge their thinking. This was just the thing I was looking for! "


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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:
    Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.
    Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
    Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
    Apply properties of operations as strategies to multiply and divide. Examples: If 6 × 4 = 24 is known, then 4 × 6 = 24 is also known. (Commutative property of multiplication.) 3 × 5 × 2 can be found by 3 × 5 = 15, then 15 × 2 = 30, or by 5 × 2 = 10, then 3 × 10 = 30. (Associative property of multiplication.) Knowing that 8 × 5 = 40 and 8 × 2 = 16, one can find 8 × 7 as 8 × (5 + 2) = (8 × 5) + (8 × 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.)


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