Thanksgiving Math Activities | 2nd Grade 3rd Grade Math Challenges for November

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1. Use these PRINT & GO math problems to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving fun ALL YEAR LONG. A Year of Math Challenges & Brainteasers includes every math challenge and brainteaser pack in the store and is a perfect way to extend and enrich
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Use these PRINT & GO Thanksgiving math problems to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students with advanced math problem solving FUN this November. These Thanksgiving math challenges & brainteasers have engaging fall and holiday themes students love, and are a perfect way to extend and enrich your advanced second and third grade mathematicians' learning!

The Thanksgiving Math Challenge and Brainteaser Pack includes 26 NO PREP math printables with answer keys you can use for math centers, math homework, fast finishers, small groups, number talks, math enrichment contracts, Thanksgiving centers or whole class problem solving.

Thanksgiving & fall themes include: apples, leaves, cider, Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, mums, football, daylight saving time, and (of course!) pie.

Fourth grade is listed as a recommended grade on this product because these math activities are meant to be challenging, and address above grade level Common Core Standards.

Included in this pack:

13 Math Challenges

• Apple Picking (Adding one and two-digit numbers within 50, guess and check)
• Falling Leaves (Place value, adding multiple 1-digit numbers to 20, guess and check)
• Place Settings (Mixed operations with one and two-digit numbers)
• Culinary Combos (Finding all possible combinations)
• Turkey Bowl (Adding two-digit numbers within 100, guess and check)
• Squirrel it Away (Adding two-digit numbers within 100, guess and check)
• Cider Sellers (Capacity conversions with cups, pints, and quarts)
• The Donut Mill (Adding and subtracting money within \$5.00, guess and check)
• Fall Mums (Adding and subtracting money within \$20.00, guess and check)
• Football Teams (Adding one-digit numbers, dividing into equal groups)
• Leaf Raking (Mixed operations within 1,100, dividing into equal groups)
• The Aspen Grove (Determining total from fractional parts of a group)
• Pie Portions (Fractional parts of a whole, adding fourths)

All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem

13 Brainteasers

• Name That Turkey (Logical thinking, guess and check)
• Fall Leaves (Logical thinking, guess and check)
• Food Platters (Logical thinking, guess and check)
• Pie Time (Logical thinking, guess and check)
• Losing Light #1 (Elapsed time, determining hours of daylight, more difficult)
• Losing Light #2 (Elapsed time, determining sunrise/sunset times, hours of daylight, most difficult)
• November Number Sentences #1 (Addition and subtraction within 20, balancing equations)
• November Number Sentences #2 (Addition and subtraction within 100, balancing equations)
• MEAL Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
• LEAF Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
• TURKEY Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
• THANKS Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
• RAKE & JUMP Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)

Also includes

• Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems. Perfect to use for homework or centers!
• Answer keys for every problem

Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.

If you'd like to try a Thanksgiving math challenge for FREE, check out the Thanksgiving Math Challenge Freebie HERE.

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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:

*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at my blog HERE.

*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.

*Use the holiday themed challenges as a choice activity during a holiday party or to keep your sanity during that holiday down time.

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