Halloween is a really fun time of year when you’re in the classroom (crazy, but fun!). The kids are excited to go trick-or-treating, a full moon always seems to be on the horizon and everyone’s super excited and pumped up. To keep my kids on task, I like to use Halloween math puzzles in my math center rotations. It gets the kids excited but keeps them engaged in what we’re practicing. This blog post tells you my top five ways I like to use them in my classroom.
The easiest way to use these Halloween math puzzles is to put each one in a center rotation. Each puzzle focuses on a different skill so students get practice with whatever you want them to focus on and differentiation is very easy. If you want one group to focus on one skill while another group is focusing on something different, these puzzles make that possible!
Right around Halloween, sometimes I’ll spread about these Halloween math puzzles around the room. I’ll tell the kids that they have a challenge. The students have to find every puzzle piece I’ve hidden around the room and find it’s match. Once all of the puzzle pieces have been located and put together, the game is done and has been won!
Another easy way to use these puzzles is to play a partner matching game. Each puzzle has 2-3 pieces. Give each student a puzzle piece and tell them they have to find their “matching” partner. This can be an easy way to start your math lesson or group students in partners to work on a skill. It’s like using partner cards except with a math skill instead!
Let kids take them home as an easy Halloween gift from you! Parents and kids both love puzzles. These will provide a lot of fun in a home setting and will also keep your students practicing their math skills at their house.
The final way I use these Halloween math puzzles is by letting students “own” their learning. It’s very simple. I print the puzzles out on white paper and let them color a puzzle however they’d like. Then, I have them cut it out themselves (no cutting for the teacher is a win!). They have to find a partner and trade with that person and put that person’s puzzle back together. This gets students so excited because they feel like they are the teacher and get to be in control of some aspects of this math activity.
I hope you found these 5 Halloween Math Puzzle tips helpful. You can find all of my Halloween Math Puzzles for each grade level below!
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