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SUBTRACTION President's Day Math Centers or Puzzles | Abraham Lincoln Activities

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd, Homeschool
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12 PDF puzzle options, 6 digital puzzle options, & 2 editable rubric options
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These President Lincoln bust puzzles make it quick and easy for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade teachers to provide hands on games that meet the needs of all students. Use them for President's Day or as part of your social studies unit or lesson on President Abraham Lincoln. They work great as subtraction sactivities, centers, stations, or games. With a no prep option - these are the perfect last minute resource!


  • Three easier PDF puzzles
  • Three harder PDF puzzles
  • No Prep options of the three puzzles above
  • No Prep digital puzzles compatible with Google Slides of all six puzzles
  • Two editable rubric options



  • Centers, stations, or rotations
  • Distance learning via Google Slides puzzle options
  • Review
  • Early or fast finishers
  • Enrichment
  • GATE (gifted and talented education)
  • Worksheet alternatives
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Student, partner, or small group collaboration
  • President's Day Math Centers
  • Social Studies studies over President Abe Lincoln


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There are six PDF puzzles included in this download. Plus you also get a NO PREP option of each of those puzzles. This means there are 12 total puzzle options! Choose which option works best for your students.

The easier three puzzles have 15 pieces where students match 22 math problems. The harder puzzles are 23 pieces where kids match 34 different problems.

The no prep PDF 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!

Plus you also get a digital option where all six puzzles are available in Google Slides. Assign the page you want each student to have - perhaps via Google Classroom - and they can complete it virtually with no copying needed!

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.

These puzzles help address CCSS 1.OA.C.6 and 2.OA.B.2

Use these puzzles anytime you need some extra math practice. It's a great way to integrate math and social studies or celebrate the President's Day holiday. 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 bust 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 Presidents' Day 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 President Lincoln bust. 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 Lincoln to ensure all the words are in the correct order and the shape is fully created.

Thanks for looking!


Total Pages
12 PDF puzzle options, 6 digital puzzle options, & 2 editable rubric options
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).


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