Aligned To Common Core Standard:
Grade 3 Operations - 3.OA.C.7
How Math Puzzles Make Your Mind Sharper - It's probably time to up your game in mathematics. If you are someone who wants to make your brain sharper, build critical thinking and get better at solving complex problems, take help from mathematics. Yes, you heard it right. Mathematics can tease your mind with numerous puzzles, riddles, and games. Delving into mathematics puzzles and games is both fun and exciting. There are numerous math puzzles out there available on the web that can make your kid's mind sharper. Mathematics puzzles require to take a thorough look at the problem or puzzle and join pieces first in your head, then strategize a plan and then finally implement it to solve the puzzle. While solving a math puzzle, you work through your mind to develop a plan and identify the problem hidden in the puzzle. From simple mathematical calculations to complex puzzles, statistics, and graphing of the problems, math puzzles involve everything and help students to use their mind which in turn makes their mind sharper. These worksheets are awesome for reviewing math multiplication facts.
Printable Worksheets And Lessons
- Worksheet 1- A butterfly coloring puzzle with single digit products only.
- Worksheet 2- Follow the trail that ends at the final gray box product.
- Worksheet 3- More gray box products. You can do this one as a timed activity.
- Worksheet 4- A single digit product puzzle that makes an owl.
- Duck Single Digit - Get ducky and get coloring.
- Duck Single and Double Digit - We step it up to products of 2-digit numbers.
- Hippopotamus Single Digit - The cutest of the bunch, if you were to ask me.
- Hippopotamus Single and Double Digit - Same puzzle, bigger products.
- Mouse Single Digit - A nice beginner puzzle.
- Mouse Single and Double Digit - I usually use this one as test of dexterity and math skills.
- Owl Single and Double Digit - This builds up from the first puzzle on this page.
- Butterfly Single and Double Digit - You will find answers in the coloring alone.
- Math Trail Homework - A great lesson to add to your typical mad-minute math.
- Math Trail Practice 1 - These products are more for your intermediate students.
- Math Trail Practice 2 - A nice way to finish off the lesson in your classroom.
Tips for Solving Math Multiplication Puzzles
Some students will find this a really engaging activity. Others will be overwhelmed and feel that it so complex, that they do not know where to even start. You need to remember that like anything this is a learned skill. With consistent practice you will learn to handle these types of problems with ease. It will require patience, at first. Your first goal should be to completely understand exact what is being asked of you. Read the directions thoroughly. If there is an example problem provided for you, make sure you understand what was done to complete the exercise. Once you grasp what is being asked of you, start at the lowest level of the problem. Check your work and make sure you are on the right path. Better yet, compare your answers with a neighbor. This will insure you are on a path to progression. Once you have some confidence move on to the next step of the puzzle. From there just continue with all the problems that are presented. Most puzzle have a linear sequence that you can follow through to completion. If the puzzle confuses you, ask someone for help.