Addition Puzzles Worksheets
Puzzles have a huge advantage over other forms of learn because they have an end goal and the skills you are working on along the way are just part of that process. Math puzzles are great for stimulating critical thinking and taking students away from their everyday. The flow of these addition puzzles requires you to have a logical plan put together before you even begin to solve your first problem. Puzzles also add a spatial dimension to the mix that cannot be replicated with your typical drill and kill exercise technique. Overall I find that this is an exceptional successful way to review any skill that students should be close to proficient with. I would encourage you to use puzzles regularly with your students. These worksheets and lessons work on addition skills from 1 to 5-digit addends through the use of puzzles. You should find this very helpful for your students. I recommend that you review the base skills with students prior to jumping right into working on the puzzles. This simple step will save you a ton of headaches later on. These worksheets are great for providing students with a nice review of their addition skills.
Aligned Standard: 5.NBT.B.7
- Addition Puzzle Step-by-Step Lesson- Start to think about sums coming from all directions. It is great to look at these skills before learning spreadsheets.
- Guided Lesson - See how these multidimensional rectangles work out for you.
- Guided Lesson Explanation - I simplified the explanation to make it a bit more doable for you.
- Addition Math Trail Puzzle 5 Pack -A great way to get started with puzzle solving. Kids love these.
- Addition Number Grids Pack - This one requires you to read the directions through and through.
- Practice Worksheet - Make sure to give yourself at least 15 minutes to do this one.
- Matching Worksheet - Match the missing puzzle pieces to the puzzles.
- Missing Number Addition Worksheet Pack - Find those missing addends.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
I used up so much space with the example problem that I only leave you with 2 problems to do for yourself.
- Homework 1 - First we solve the first horizontal row and then the second row.
- Homework 2 - A nice box addition set for you to work with.
- Homework 3 - See what best fits in each box for you.
Find the sum of the numbers that meet up in the rows and columns of the rectangles.
- Practice 1 - Find the final value of the following problems.
- Practice 2 - We approach larger sums here.
- Practice 3 - Start by adding the ones column and work your way to the left from there.
Math Skill Quizzes
The sums here are pretty simple for this grade level. The samples will help to encourage following directions.
- Quiz 1 - A nice way to assess students.
- Quiz 2 - See if students can keep up with this one.
- Quiz 3 - I wish I could see how this moves you.
Tips for Solving Math Puzzles
Solving puzzles is a fun yet effective way of learning how to work with advanced math problems. There are logical reasoning puzzles that require analyzing any piece of information and use the part that is useful and leave out what is unnecessary. Then there are reasoning puzzles that are based on arrangements, inequalities, math relationships, etc. Here are some of the basic tips of solving logical puzzles.
Know What Is Being Asked of You - First and foremost, it is important to look at the question and understand the requirements. Circle or underline any important information that is given to you. Ask yourself if you fully understand what the problem is looking for you to do. Also note any units of measure that will be required of you to maintain throughout. It is more likely that the first few sentences of the puzzle give out valuable information on the puzzle. It can give you a relatively basic idea of the problem. Look for keywords in the directions that indicate the type of operations that you will need to perform.
Create an Outline - Secondly, develop an idea related to the theme of the problem. Jot down a quick walk through of what you will do to solve this problem. If there are steps involved, write them down so when you are doing the problem, you can just follow them.
Scoop Up Any Available Data - Third, select every piece of data that provides a concrete piece of information out of all what's available. Select data that can be used and undertake the certain possibilities.
Knock out the Problem - Using all that we have put together here for you, process the problem and make sure to check your answer to everything by working backwards.