Easter is always a really crazy time of year in my classroom. We’re all waiting for spring break to arrive, the kids are hyped up on candy most days, and I’m still trying to teach some instruction. These math puzzles have been a saving grace for me. This blog post shows you my 5 favorite ways I’ve used them in my classroom.
EASTER MATH PUZZLES #1
There’s a color and black and white version included. I like to print the color version out on white paper, laminate them, and use them in a math center in my classroom.
EASTER MATH PUZZLES #2
If I don’t feel like putting in as much effort, I’ll print the black and white version out. I’ll ask my kids to color the puzzles for morning work and then cut their puzzle out. Each kid puts their puzzle in a bag and then trades with a partner. The partner has to put the puzzle back together.
EASTER MATH PUZZLES #3
This Easter math puzzle idea goes with #2 somewhat. After the kids put together each other’s puzzle, I have them glue it onto construction paper and we hang it up on a bulletin board in the hallway.
EASTER MATH PUZZLES #4
Races and competitions always hook my kids and grab their attention. There are plenty of egg puzzles included. I sometimes give each student an egg puzzle and have them race against another person. They can’t cheat because they each have a different puzzle and each Easter math puzzle has about the same number of pieces. I like to give my higher ability students the puzzles that have a few more pieces than the eggs that do not so it’s more fair.
EASTER MATH PUZZLES #5
Stuff them inside Easter eggs. A few years ago, I printed out each puzzle and cut it out. I put one of the puzzles inside each Easter egg that I hid around the room. Our math block that day consisted of two things. First, find the eggs around the room. Second, put together the puzzles inside each egg to earn a prize! This was a big hit and is something I plan to do again this year.
This aligns with common core math standard 3.OA.7. You can grab the whole set of all ten Easter math puzzles HERE!
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