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Math Brain Teasers – Primary Grades

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 6 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Challenge your first and second-grade students to solve these brain teasers with a set of 10 math word problems.

Math Brain Teasers for Kids

These task cards are designed to help first and second-grade students practice solving addition, subtraction, and multiplication word problems. Each card features a different problem, presented in a clear and simple format, with illustrations and real-world examples to make the concepts more relatable. These task cards are a great tool for classroom or independent practice and can be used for small group instruction or as a formative assessment. They are perfect for helping students develop problem-solving skills and build confidence in their math abilities.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this set of task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by encouraging them to draw pictures for each task card. Additionally, this activity can be completed in a small group or 1-on-1setting.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge students who finish early to try and create their own brain teasers to share with a classmate.

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 



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