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Math Challenge Freebie & Math Contracts - Perfect for Fast Finishers, Extensions, or Homework

These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

If you're looking for a few math activities to use as fast finishers, homework, math centers, problem of the week, or enrichment, try out this Math Challenges & Brainteasers freebie. These 3 free math challenges and brainteasers are meant to be challenges for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders, but have been used in a 5th grade class as reviews and morning work too.

These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

Here are a few ideas for how you might use these in your own classroom:

*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at this blog post HERE.

*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.

*Use the seasonal challenges as a choice (academic!) activity during a holiday party or to keep your sanity during that holiday down time.

These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

I'm using these as a challenge for my second graders in the form of math contracts. I have a few super amazing 2nd grade mathematicians who are way ahead of the rest of the class. They have the option of completing math contract work at any time during our independent math time as a replacement for the assignments given to the rest of the class.  If you want to read more about math contracts you can hop on over to this blog post HERE.  {There might just be an EDITABLE Math Contract Freebie waiting for you there!}

If you haven't already downloaded the freebie which includes 3 math challenges and brainteasers, hop on over to my store and check it out. I hope you enjoy!

These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

Need more math challenges?  Monthly math challenges are now available for every month of the school year! ALL the monthly sets + themed math challenge packs (candy, election, travel, animals) are included the Math Challenge and Brainteaser GROWING BUNDLE!  If you want EVERY math challenge & brainteaser I have made (or will make in the future) you can get them here.  If purchased separately all 17 Math Challenge & Brainteaser packs that will be included in this growing bundle would cost $112, but they are now on sale for $85 at the TpT store. The price of the bundle will increase as soon as the newest set of camping themed math challenges is added on February 1, 2018.

Have a fab day super teacher!
These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.

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Get Ready for the 100th Day with {Free} Fun Printables

Need some ideas for the 100th day of school? Here are some free printables you can add to your 100 days teacher toolbox! This 100th day freebie includes 4 free print and go activities you can use for art, math, centers, brain breaks, and fast finishers to celebrate (in the easiest way possible!) the 100th day of school. It's everything but the shirt! {But there's an easy fix for that one too, just check out my shirt at the end of the post.}

Need some ideas for the 100th day of school? Add these free printables to your 100 days of school ideas folder! Includes 4 free print and go activities you can use for art, math, centers, brain breaks, and fast finishers on the 100th day of school. Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade elementary students. Fun for kids and easy for teachers.  It's everything but the shirt! #100daysofschool #100thdayofschool #100day #education #freebie #tpt #teacherspayteachers #secondgrade #thirdgrade
When is your 100th day of school? In Michigan we start after Labor Day and usually have a snow day or two thrown into the mix, so we don't typically start thinking about hundreds day tees and surfing for freebies until February. But, I know for my Colorado friends the 100th day is right around the corner!

No matter what month you celebrate this very exciting milestone {it does mean you're only a skip and a hop away from Spring Break!}, hopefully this 100th Day Fun Stuff Freebie will save you a little sanity.  

The freebie includes a 100 Seconds Challenge, 100 Times Spelling, Hundreds Picture Spelling, and 4 templates for Hundreds Day Art.  My kiddos' art projects turned out pretty darn cute and made a super easy bulletin board display.

Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher
Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher

Throw in a hundreds day t-shirt and you're all planned for the 100th day. Instead of making something from scratch {not enough mental energy!} I got lazy and glued 100 beads to my Halloween Super Teacher Tee. Get details + the Super Teacher iron on freebie I used at the blog HERE.

Free Printables for the 100th Day of School including a 100th Day Art Project, a whole class brain break/math activity, and 2 word work center activities from I Want to be a Super Teacher


Need it later?  Just pin it HERE and come back when your 100th day is near.


Have a fab Hundreds Day Super Teacher,
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Happy New Year - No Prep Art/Team Building for First Day Back

Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Need an easy idea to get you pumped (or at the very least to keep you from being horribly depressed) about going back to the classroom after break? We all love children, but we also love sleeping in and sipping our coffee leisurely, all while going to the bathroom anytime we want for two whole weeks! That first day back can be brutal, so let's wade in a toe at a time shall we?
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Here's a super simple project you can do anytime during the first day/week back - word clouds.  All you need is paper (Easy!), pencils (You can do this!), and some crayons or colored pencils (Everything will be just fine. You will go to the bathroom at 4 pm.)
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
1. Have students think about all the things they did during the break and brainstorm this as a list of words (this step is optional, but makes the project take longer - you might need this sort of project when you go back).
2. Have students share the 3-5 most important or exciting words from their list.
3. Now pass out the paper (I like white) and have the kidlets write those 3-5 words nice and big in PENCIL.
4. After the big words, have students fill in the rest of the page with the other words on their list.
5. Have students cut out around the words and voila!  They have a word cloud!
6. Now they can trace their many words in color and even color the background or draw a cloud shape around their words.
7.  Wanna get fancy?  Have students share their word clouds with partners around the room.
8.  Wanna get even fancier and take up lots more time?  Give each student a piece of tape, and have them tape these around the room. Then do a silent art gallery with the word clouds for a few minutes (Oh sweet silence!  You shan't be here again until Spring Break)
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
DONE!  An easy, as time consuming as you want it to be, art/teambuilding activity you can use first thing you get back with almost zero prep needed.  Another thing I LOVE about this project is it's a way for students to tell their many break stories to students around the room (instead of to me) and display them for all to see.  They love, love, love telling their holiday break stories and I love, love, love having an easy activity for when I need a breather (or even a bathroom break) that first day back!
Word Clouds!  An easy classroom idea you can use anytime, but it's especially great to use after holiday breaks.  Easy with minimal prep!
Good luck this week (or next week if you're lucky!)!  GO, FIGHT, WIN!
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