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Second Grade Math Enrichment | Addition Subtraction and Place Value Riddles

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2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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Here’s a set of 24 challenging elimination riddles in both printable and PowerPoint versions, designed to practice second grade and third grade addition, subtraction, and place value skills. Students love the fun pirate theme!

If you teach Spanish bilingual, Spanish Immersion, ELL, or ESL, this resource is also available in Spanish! Click here to see it:

Spanish Riddles for Two-Digit Numbers - Pirates!

Need the riddles in both Spanish and English? Click here to save 20% by purchasing both sets!

Your students will determine the Secret Treasure Number by using a variety of clues to eliminate eight options, choosing from the nine possible answers on each card.

This set includes ...

  • 24 riddle cards in color, printed with four cards on each page
  • The same 24 cards in black and white, as an option to save your ink
  • A 24-page color PowerPoint presentation of the slides for use on your interactive board
  • 24 jpegs with one riddle on each page. Although these are not interactive or editable, you'll find them helpful for distance learning! Try building riddle-solving into your Zoom meeting to increase engagement and conversations about numbers. You have my permission to email these jpegs to your students' famiies, individually or in sets that you create according to ability or topic. You may also post these on your password-protected class website.
  • A student recording page and answer key, for independent use in a math center or just to make your teacher life a bit easier as your students solve these riddles! :)

The addition, subtraction, and place value skills addressed in this set include …

Add and subtract two-digit numbers, with and without regrouping

♦ Compare numbers using > and < symbols

Distinguish even and odd numbers

Know value of coins and use in adding and subtracting

Here are some options for using this set …

♦ Use in a math center for individual or partner work

♦ Use for whole class review with your document camera

♦ Use as a skills review rotation, with students moving to stations around the
classroom individually or with a partner to solve the riddles

♦ Use for morning “bell ringers”

♦ Use as enrichment or for early finishers

♦ Use the slides as morning work - engage your students right from the start in
fun and productive activities to prepare them for the day!

♦ The slides are a great way to introduce the cards, and to model the critical
thinking skills required to solve them, like identifying key details, making
inferences, and drawing conclusions.

♦ Project a slide to use for something new in daily number talks!

♦ Add place value riddles to your distance learning, as detailed above!

Download the preview to sample four free cards!

This resource is a ZIP file.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s; write an equation to express an even number as a sum of two equal addends.
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.


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