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# Math Puzzles in the Classroom

Written by: Angie Olson

Teachers are always looking for ways for their students to practice math skills.  Math puzzles are a great option because they are engaging, independent, self-correcting, and easy to prep.

## What are Math Puzzles

Math puzzles are a hands on option for students to practice their math skills.  Math puzzles are available in black and white, full color, editable, and student scrambled.

## When to use Math Puzzles

Math puzzles are great to use during math centers, as an early finisher, intervention activity, or even a math enrichment activity.  For more math centers ideas read this post: Math Centers Organization.

## How to use Math Puzzles

Students solve the math problem on each puzzle piece.  The answer gets written in the circle provided on the puzzle piece.  Then the student arranges the answers in order from least to greatest.  Once finished, the math puzzle will display a picture.

## Student Accountability

Teachers who prefer to have a more structured accountability piece with the math puzzles can choose to print the recording sheets.  The student would write the name of the puzzle, which is found in the top right hand corner of the puzzle.  Then the student writes his/her answers in the bubbles on the recording sheet.

## Self Correcting Options

One of the many benefits of using these math puzzles is that they are self correcting and completely independent.  This provides the teacher with the opportunity to help other students or teach a small group.

Once the student has arranged the pieces in order from least to greatest, the student will be able to determine if the puzzle makes sense and looks right.  If not, the student would remove the piece(s) that look out of place and attempt to solve it again.

## Math Puzzles Skills

### September Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Subtraction Within 20
• Counting Coins
• Number Rounding to 10 & 100
• Addition With & Without Regrouping
• Multiplication
• 10 More/10 Less & 1 More/1 Less
• Number Bonds
• Number Words 0-9 & 0-19

### October Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Tens & Ones
• Base Ten Blocks
• Expanded Form
• Money (Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter)
• Subtraction
• Number Patterns
• Number Sequencing
• Least to Greatest

### November Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Expanded Form (2-digit, 3-digit, and 4-digit)
• Basic Addition & Multiplication Facts
• Odd and Even (1-digit and 2-digit)
• Value of Digits (2-digit and 3-digit)
• Missing Addends (1-digit and 2-digit)
• Number Comparisons (2-digit and 3-digit)
• 2-Digit Addition (with and without regrouping)
• Adding Three Numbers (1-digit and 2-digit)
• Counting Money (Penny, Nickel, Dime, and Quarter)
• Base Ten Blocks (Ones, Tens, and Hundreds)
• Make a Ten/Missing Addends Using a Ten Frame
• Least to Greatest

### December Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Time to the Hour
• Place Value (Value of the Underlined Digit)
• Plus and Minus 1 & 10
• Counting Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime, & Quarter)
• Using Doubles to Subtract
• Fact Families
• Skip Counting (by 2's, 3's, 5's, & 10's)
• Expanded Form (2-digit and 3-digit)
• Number Bonds
• Least to Greatest

### January Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• 2-Digit Subtraction (with and without regrouping)
• Part Part Whole
• Time to the Half Hour
• Fractions
• Multiplication
• 2-Digit Addition (with and without regrouping)
• Counting Coins
• Subtraction
• Skip Counting by 5's
• Number Bonds
• 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less
• Least to Greatest

### February Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• 1 More/1 Less and 10 More/10 Less Number Boxes
• Counting Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar)
• Place Value (Value of an Underlined Digit- 2- and 3-Digit Numbers)
• Fact Families
• Number Bonds
• 2-Digit Addition& Subtraction (with and without regrouping)
• Part Part Whole (missing part)
• Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minutes
• Rounding (to nearest 10 and 100)
• Least to Greatest

### March Skills

• Rounding Numbers (nearest 10 & 100)
• 2-Digit Addition (with & without regrouping)
• 1 More/1 Less, 10 More/10 Less
• Place Value
• Counting Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, & Half Dollar)
• Place Value Number Boxes

### April Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Number Bonds
• Telling Time (nearest 5 minutes)
• Adding Three Numbers (1- and 2-digit)
• Expanded form (2- and 3-digit)
• Place Value Boxes
• Counting Coins
• 2-Digit Subtraction (with regrouping), 2-Digit Subtraction (without regrouping)
• Part Part Whole
• Least to Greatest

### May Skills

The math skills covered in these puzzles are:

• Adding 3 Numbers (2-Digit Numbers)
• Digit Values (2-Digit and 3-Digit Numbers)
• Counting Coins (Penny, Nickel, Dime, Quarter, & Half Dollar)
• Part Part Whole
• Multiplication
• Fact Families
• Telling Time (telling time to the nearest 5 minutes)
• Fractions (halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths, eighths, ninths, and tenths)
• Base Ten Blocks (ones, tens, hundreds)
• Even & Odd (2-digit and 3-digit numbers)
• Place Value (2-digit and 3-digit numbers)
• Least to Greatest

## Math Puzzles Storage

Math puzzles can be stored in a variety of ways.  There's not a right or wrong way to store these.  Just pick the storage method that works for your classroom.  Some of teachers' favorite storage options include Sterilite drawers, binder rings, plastic baggies, and binder clips.

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