These Valentine’s Day math puzzles are very close to my heart because they’re one of the first items I ever created for my class back in 2015. I felt like my students were not getting the hands-on practice they needed with every math skill and fact fluency was a top priority. That’s how these math puzzles came to be! Moreover, I added these to my math center rotation and my kids were hooked. This blog post shares my top 5 ways to implement these in your classroom.
As I said above, putting these in math center rotations are a great way to get students practicing their multiplication, division, and addition facts. I love to differentiate them too based on who has learned each set of facts. My low group may be working on basic addition facts still while my high group is ready for the division puzzles and the on grade level students work on the multiplication puzzles.
Use them as an enrichment activity for your high students. There is a blank version of each puzzle for students to fill in on their own. Kids grab a puzzle, write a multiplication fact on each one, color, cut, glue, and have now made their OWN game that another student can put together or they can take home.
Parents are always asking me for ideas on how to practice multiplication facts at home. I typically send home a set of these puzzles as they are more fun than flashcards or rote memorization. It’s something the whole family can get in on (and is also something that is more likely to actually be pulled out at home and not stuffed in a drawer).
Use this as a math craftivity. Give each student a puzzle (with 10 included, it’s easy to not have many repeats) and let students color their puzzle. Students can cut the puzzle out when they are done and trade puzzles with a partner. The partner has to put together the puzzle using their math facts and glue it onto a piece of paper. Voila! The kids have created a cute craft they can take home or you can hang on the bulletin board.
Make it a race. We love a good competition in my classroom and sometimes race to see who can put together their puzzle the quickest. The nice part is that some Valentine’s Day Math Puzzles are more difficult than others. Students who need fewer pieces or more time can complete the appropriate puzzle while my high-flyers can work on the more difficult material.
You can check out all of my Valentine’s Day Math Puzzles below!
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