Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most influential African Americans in history. I make it a point to teach my students about this leader not only during Black History Month but during the course of the year as well. I love bringing up all of his accomplishments and discussing his speeches during our social studies unit on American history. A lot of students in third grade have never heard of him or what “ The Civil Rights Movement” even is. These Martin Luther King Math Puzzles have been a great way for my students to see him in action and spur them to think about his life achievements.
We teach our civics and government unit at the beginning of third grade. I normally put the addition puzzles out in my math rotations during this unit.
I like to use my MLK multiplication puzzles during the month of February too to celebrate Black History Month. I teach at a rural school where there isn’t a lot of diversity. I think it’s very important for students to see people different from themselves in leadership roles to show that anyone can be successful and there are many different types of heroes around the world.
Last year, I created a bulletin board with my subtraction puzzles during Black History month. Each student table group put together one puzzle and glued it together on a piece of construction paper. We were doing a research paper on influential African Americans throughout history. We had learned about all of these amazing people in social studies, read about them more in reading, and I wanted to integrate some math in our display. The puzzles were the perfect way to do this.
I find that most of my students love to color. When I print these out in black and white, students get to choose what the puzzles will ultimately look like before putting them back together again. I believe that this sparks their creativity and curiosity about events in history and makes the MLK math puzzles more meaningful to them.
I have used these before in the whole group as well. I will give each table group a different puzzle and have them race to put it back together again. It’s a fun math warm-up activity that only takes about 5 minutes when done this way. I love to use math puzzles in our daily routines and my kids enjoy getting to play a game while they are learning.
I hope you found this blog post helpful! You can check out all of my Martin Luther King Math Puzzles below!
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