Winter Math Activities | Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

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  1. Looking for some winter math and spring math problems to promote problem solving and critical thinking during the fall semester? This bundle includes the last five months of my “Solve It!” series. Each fun and engaging resource in this bundle includes 20 holiday and/or seasonal problem-solving tasks
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Looking for some winter math problems to promote problem-solving and critical thinking? 

This fun and engaging winter resource includes 20 problem-solving tasks and critical thinking puzzles-- just what you need to help your grades 3-5 students develop essential mathematical practice and process skills.

Click here to SAVE by buying five SPRING problem solving and critical thinking resources in one convenient bundle!

What tasks are included?

  • Traditional problem-solving scenarios
  • Number clue tasks
  • Weight logic challenges
  • Logic puzzles

What’s unique about this pack?

There are five differentiated challenges in each set of tasks to meet the needs of a variety of learners. Each of these tasks can be used as math starters, math menu problems, and math station activities. 

This pack also includes a detailed solution guide. 

Want to know more? Grab a free copy of my Solve It! Valentine’s Day Mini-Pack with four seasonal problem solving and critical thinking challenges.

What Teachers are Saying about the Solve It! Series

“I absolutely love the thinking required to solve these problems. We have great math discussions after working on them! Thank you :)”- Classroom Teacher

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“My students absolutely LOVE your logic and critical thinking puzzles!  They ask for them every day! Thank you!”- Classroom Teacher

“These are fantastic! I love watching my students as they reason through the problems. They are getting really good at reasoning and justifying their thinking! Thank you so much! :)”- Classroom Teacher

“I love how these get progressively more challenging as the month passes, and how they push my students to think more logically.”- Classroom Teacher

Check out the entire Solve It! Series: 

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Solve It! February

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Solve It! Fall Bundle- Includes Solve It! packs for September, October, November, and December

Solve It! Spring Bundle- Includes Solve It! packs for January, February, March, April, and May 

I hope this pack strengthens your students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills!- The Routty Math Teacher

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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