7 fun Hidden Word Rounding Puzzles (no prep printables) for practicing rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, whole number / one, 10th, 100th, and finally nearest dollar (for pupils to consolidate rounding up or down to the nearest two decimal places in the context of money). Originally designed for mixed ability Grade 4 and 5. Ideal paired, group or individual activities for starters, bell ringers, early finishers, or revision. They work well as engaging homework tasks too. There is a pound alternative of the money puzzle for UK teachers. Answer keys are included.
In the Zip file are 3 PDF files. The main file contains puzzles 1-6 and their answer keys: rounding 2-digit numbers to the nearest ten, 3-digit numbers to the nearest hundred, 4-digit numbers to the nearest thousand and various size decimals to the nearest whole number, tenth, and hundredth. The dollar puzzle (and a pound alternative for UK teachers) are in separate files.
An engaging alternative to standard worksheets, these Numeracy puzzles make ideal starters, early finishers, or homework activities. They can be completed individually or in pairs / groups. These puzzles are similar to codebreaker or secret code puzzles, with a math-related word to be revealed after the rounding work. Each puzzle contains a grid. Within each box is a number to be rounded and a letter. Once students have rounded all the numbers, they cross out any boxes containing numbers that round to certain specified target numbers (whether it is to the nearest 10, 100th etc). Then they put together the letters from the remaining boxes to reveal a math word. If the word is simpler, the letters are in random order for pupils to reassemble. If it is a trickier word (such as a famous mathematician), the letters are already placed in the correct order in the grid. There is a further challenge question or task at the bottom of the page linked to the hidden word, such as researching a mathematician on the computer or giving information about a particular kind of 2D shape.
The range of puzzles in this resource is ideal for differentiation and revision or to cater for a range of groups and classes. It will be something you can return to year after year, using different puzzles with different groups of learners.
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You may be interested in this Hidden Word puzzle packet for Fractions:
Fractions Puzzles (Worksheets)
If you are teaching fractions of amounts, you may be interested in this FREEBIE packet of fun 4-in-a-row games:
Fractions of Amounts Games
I hope your students enjoy these puzzles. Thank you for your interest in my resources. I hope I can save you time and help you engage your students. I would be so grateful for any ratings and reviews you are able to give me.