These penguin subtraction math puzzles make it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on games that meet the needs of all students. Use them for your winter or January math needs. They work great as activities, centers, stations, or games. With a no prep option – these are the perfect last minute resource for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students.
WHAT YOU GET:
- Three penguin PDF puzzle options (13 pieces each) with 17 subtracting problems for facts 0-20
- No Prep PDF options of the three puzzles above
- Three digital puzzles compatible with Google Drive
- Two editable rubric options
HOW CAN THESE PUZZLES BE USED?
- Centers, stations, or rotations
- Digital puzzles for distance, remote, or virtual learning
- Review of subtraction skills
- Early or fast finishers
- GATE (gifted and talented education)
- Worksheet alternatives
- Critical thinking skills
- Student, partner, or small group collaboration
- as coloring sheet alternatives
- a winter craftivity
- as a math supplement during your penguin or Antarctic unit
TEACHERS WHO HAVE USED THIS RESOURCE HAVE SAID:
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If you want a subtraction puzzle you can use at ANY time of year, check out this set of Subtraction Magic Square Puzzles.
There are three PDF puzzles included in this download. Plus you also get a NO PREP option of each of those puzzles. This means there are 6 total puzzle options! Choose which option works best for your students.
These puzzles help address CCSS 1.OA.C.6 and 2.OA.B.2
The no prep PDF puzzles are a great option if you want students to get some fine motor cutting practice and NOT know the final shape. These “cut out” sheets are meant to be given directly to the students to cut out and put together so they don’t know the shape. These will be more challenging. But they are no prep – just print and go!
Plus you also get a digital option where all three puzzles are available in Google Slides. Assign the page you want each student to have – perhaps via Google Classroom – and they can complete it virtually with no copying needed!
An editable PowerPoint file has been included as a center rubric. A full page option and half page option are both included. Print these out for immediate use, or change the wording and format to fit the needs of YOUR students.
Use these puzzles anytime you need a fun math activity – particularly for January or winter. This penguin could also be used when you study about penguins in science or as part of a social studies unit on Antarctica.
Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!
These puzzles are meant to be somewhat of a challenge – which is perfect to promote a growth mindset. Students will have to keep in mind the shape of the penguin and persevere if the task seems challenging. Tell students to rotate the pieces around and analyze what they can do differently until they fit. This is where their critical thinking and 21st Century skills will come into play!
Just print and quickly cut on the lines (or simply print the NO PREP option) and you have instant winter math centers that make skill practice fun and engaging. If you have some extra time, let your first, second, or third graders decorate the finished penguin. These colored masterpieces can then be used as artwork for the classroom, to help decorate a bulletin board, or be hung in the hallway to add some festive art flair. (And no administrator complaints since it’s an academic activity!)
Homeschool Families: You’re going to love these puzzles as a last minute, print and go resource! The next time you have a crazy hectic home school day – grab, download, and go! You’ll instantly get your sanity back, fit in some academic work, AND have fun at the same time.
Answer key included! Correcting is easy when you use the original fully formed penguin to ensure all the numbers are in the correct order and the shape is fully created.
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