St. Patrick’s Day is so fun to celebrate whether you’re Irish or not! My kids love to wear green to school, look for leprechauns and hope they’ll find pots of gold at the end of a rainbow. I like to keep my kids engaged during this sometimes crazy time of year. I do this with St. Patrick’s Day math puzzles. They’re self-checking and easy to use. This blog post will tell you my favorite 5 ways to use my St. Patrick’s Day Math Puzzles in your classroom.
I’m a big fan of math centers. I love to put these St. Patrick’s Day math puzzles in one of my fact fluency centers to help kids practice those multiplication facts. This third grade math skill is something I’ve found students need practice with all year long and if I don’t keep it in our math centers constantly, they lose their ability to recite facts fluently.
My school really encourages us to put things outside our classroom and have bulletin board displays. Having my kiddos put a puzzle together, color it, and then glue it on a piece of paper so we can put it out on our bulletin board is quick and ways. Not to mention my kids love seeing their cute work out in the hall and showing off their math abilities.
This idea kind of goes with Idea #2. After students work has been hung in the hall for a little while, I let them take it down and take it home to give to someone as a present. We like to call these “just because” presents in my classroom because they choose someone special to them to give these cute pictures to on a random day. My kiddos love getting to choose someone close to them to receive such an adorable gift and I like that they’re getting that math practice!
A lot of days, I like to start our math block with a quick whole-group math activity. Using these St. Patrick’s Day math puzzles as a short game works perfectly. Here’s how it works. I’ll give each table a different St. Patrick’s Day math puzzle and they have to work together to build it as quickly as possible. It gets the kids excited, collaborating, and practicing their math facts.
The last way I use these puzzles is for early finishers. Every year, I always have a few friends that finish every task early no matter what the task is. I keep a bin of the St. Patrick’s Day math puzzles in a corner of our room and students know that if they finish their math packet early, they can go put together one of the math puzzles while they wait on everyone else to finish. It’s great for fast finishers because they can work alone if they are the only one over there or with a partner. The partner can also join them whenever they are done without feeling they are behind or left out. It’s a great quiet activity that doesn’t disturb the rest of the class either.
You can check out all of my St. Patrick’s Day math puzzles below! I have some for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade!
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