These candy cane subtraction math puzzles make it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on games that meet the needs of all students. Use them for for your Christmas or winter math needs. They work great as activities, centers, stations, or games. With a no prep option - these are the perfect last minute resource for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students.
With fewer pieces, these three puzzles are easier than many of the others in my store.
WHAT YOU GET:
• Three candy cane puzzle options (12 pieces each) with 11 subtraction problems for facts 0-20
• No Prep options of the three puzzles above
• Two editable rubric options
HOW CAN THESE PUZZLES BE USED?
• Centers, stations, or rotations
• Review of subtracting skills
• Early or fast finishers
• GATE (gifted and talented education)
• Worksheet alternatives
• Critical thinking skills
• Student, partner, or small group collaboration
• a winter craftivity
TEACHERS WHO HAVE USED THIS RESOURCE HAVE SAID:
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OTHER RESOURCES YOU MAY ENJOY
If you want a subtraction puzzle you can use at ANY time of year, check out this set of Subtraction Magic Square Puzzles .
There are three puzzles included in this download. Plus you also get a NO PREP option of each of those puzzles. This means there are 6 total puzzle options! Choose which option works best for your students.
These puzzles help address CCSS 1.OA.C.6 and 2.OA.B.2
The no prep puzzles are a great option if you want students to get some fine motor cutting practice and NOT know the final shape. These “cut out” sheets are meant to be given directly to the students to cut out and put together so they don't know the shape. These will be more challenging. But they are no prep – just print and go!
An editable PowerPoint file has been included as a center rubric. A full page option and half page option are both included. Print these out for immediate use, or change the wording and format to fit the needs of YOUR students.
Use these puzzles anytime you need a fun math activity - particularly for Christmas or winter. This candy cane could also be used to teach the legend of the candy cane in your religious or church classess.
Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!
These puzzles are meant to be somewhat of a challenge - which is perfect to promote a growth mindset. Students will have to keep in mind the shape of the candy cane and persevere if the task seems challenging. Tell students to rotate the pieces around and analyze what they can do differently until they fit. This is where their critical thinking and 21st Century skills will come into play!
Just print and quickly cut on the lines (or simply print the NO PREP option) and you have instant Christmas math centers that make skill practice fun and engaging. If you have some extra time, let your first, second, and third graders decorate the finished candy cane. These colored masterpieces can then be used as artwork for the classroom, to help decorate a bulletin board, or be hung in the hallway to add some festive art flair. (And no administrator complaints since it's an academic activity!)
Homeschool Families: You're going to love these puzzles as a last minute, print and go resource! The next time you have a crazy hectic home school day - grab, download, and go! You'll instantly get your sanity back, fit in some academic work, AND have fun at the same time.
Answer key included! Correcting is easy when you use the original fully formed candy cane to ensure all the numbers are in the correct order and the shape is fully created.
Thanks for looking!