Math Concepts Puzzle
Create a not-so-puzzling math manipulative.
Design puzzles to review mathematical operations and gain fluency. Create basic to complex problems. Incorporate fractions, decimals and equations for single and multi-step scenarios. The teacher can time students to test for speed and fluency. Assign points for correct answers and reward the winning team with incentives. Challenge students to create their own problems according to skill level.
Create a clever Puzzle that connects math concepts.
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Double-Sided Tape
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut Puzzle #3 from colored cardstock or construction paper.
- Write number sentences and corresponding answers on adjacent pieces. (see Main Photo).
Mathematics, Grade 3: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
3.OA 7. Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 5 = 40, one knows 40 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Mathematics, Grade 3: Number & Operations in Base Ten
3.NBT 3. Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10—90 (e.g., 9 80, 5 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.
Mathematics, Grade 5: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
5.OA 1. Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
Mathematics, Grade 6: Ratios and Proportional Relationships
6.RP.3. Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
Mathematics, Grade 6: Expressions & Equations
6.EE.1. Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
Mathematics, Grade 7: Ratios and Proportional Relationships
7.RP.2. Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
Mathematics, Grade 7: The Number System
7.NS.2. Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.
Mathematics, Grade 7: Expressions & Equations
7.EE.1. Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.
Math: Number Sense and Operations
Grades 3-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another.
- In grades 3-5, all students should identify and use relationships between operations, such as division as the inverse of multiplication, to solve problems.
- In grades 6-8, all students should understand the meaning and effects of arithmetic operations with fractions, decimals and integers.
Grades 3-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should Understand patterns, relations, and functions.
- In grades 3-5, all students should represent and analyze patterns and functions, using words, tables, and graphs.
- In grades 6-8, all students should relate and compare different forms of representation for a relationship.
Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.