Teaching Common Core Standards With Puzzles!

Figuring Out Figures In A Fun Way!

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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Playing Dice Games To Teach Addition

Whenever you can think of a way to teach a concept via a game your students will enthusiastically want to learn.

Dice are the perfect way to introduce simple addition for numbers 1-6 and then move students to subtraction.

To make the game even more fun, I’ve included clip art to guide them. Because I want students to practice writing their numbers, I have them not only solve the dice equation, but rewrite it in all numbers.

I also feel that student need to “see” counters to visualize the true concept of addition and subtraction.

I have a variety of ways for my students to do this, but stumbled across bead bracelets and manipulative Baggies via 2 creative teachers on Pinterest.

I decided to incorporate the “seeing-is-believing” and the “doing-is-understanding!” principal to this dice game by making it even more hands on.  After students write the equation they SHOW it, using either the bracelet or Baggie.

Ta Da! Hopefully the light bulbs will be going on while the kiddo’s are having a fun time.

Students can either work independently or choose a partner and play against them, seeing who can solve the most equations before the timer rings.

Here’s how to play the game:

Children roll 2 dice and find that equation on their paper.

They rewrite it, solve the problem and work it out on either their bead bracelet or manipulative bag.

If they roll the same 2 dice that they already have an equation for, they lose their turn.

After students have played the addition version of the game, have them switch to subtraction.

To make a class set of bead bracelets for this game put 6 pony beads on 25 pipe cleaners. (Or however many students you usually have in class.) Twist the ends so they look like a bracelet.  Students move the beads to show the various rolls of the dice.  i.e. 3http://tunstalltimes.blogspot.com/2011/08/number-bracelets.htmlQ + 2 = 6

I got the bead bracelet idea from: Mrs. Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits click on the link to check out her cute site and how else she uses her bracelets.

Baggie Manipulatives:

Put 6 buttons, or whatever manipulatives you have, in small Ziploc Baggies.   I used poker chips becaus you can buy them at The Dollar Store. Draw a blue or red + sign in the middle of the bag with a black line above and below it so that the line runs down the center.

Make another set of Baggies for subtraction and put a minus sign in the middle.  If you only want to make one set of Baggies, simply put a line down the middle.

I really believe that it is worth the few extra dollars to make separate addition and subtraction bags, because I think that the more students see thosee math symbols, the more the concept gets ingrained in their brains.

Students move the manipulatives to the right and left of the line to show what equation they rolled.  i.e. 3 + 3 = 6

I got the Baggie idea from Mrs. T’s First Grade Blog click on the link to see her sweet site and how else she uses her Baggies.

Hopefully your students will enjoy this game and things really will start to add up in your class!

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