Whenever I introduced math concepts to my Y5's I liked to make it hands on.
We played lots of games and I used manipulatives whenever I could.
As one of my students was fond of saying: "We didn't even know we was learnin' cuz we was havin' so much fun!"
I created I See Sum Fall Puzzles so that little ones would especially enjoy solving simple addition problems in a more creative way than simply looking at them on a worksheet.
Putting puzzles together was also a report card standard, so these would do double-duty.
Students solve addition problems by cutting and gluing the puzzle piece answers to the appropriate equations.
This packet includes 11 fall puzzles + a blank template to program your own equations, so you can also do subtraction, multiplication and division.
Several of the other puzzles are also without numeric answers in the boxes, so they can be programed as well to meet other Common Core Standards.
You can laminate the puzzles and store them in Ziploc baggies, using them as math centers each year, or run off individual puzzles for each student, and use them as worksheets.
Have students arrange pieces on the equation sheets before they glue them down, making sure the picture "looks correct" before they glue pieces down, to make sure they have the right answers.
You can also switch things up a bit and challenge students to program their own puzzles and then exchange worksheets with another student.
What a fun way to practice math skills!
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