A differentiated Easter egg hunt activity for mathematics.
This activity is perfect for your math class in the days leading up to Easter. Students find the hidden eggs, solve number sentences, and determine the codewords.
An Easter Hunt … How to Play!
Print out the Easter eggs and ciphers on cardstock for added durability. Cut out the 24 Easter eggs and place them around the room or a particular area outside. Be sure to hide some of the eggs in locations that are tricky to find! You will want to make sure that your students understand that when they find an egg, they leave it in place and only write the egg’s number on the matching egg on their worksheet.
Pair students up and provide a worksheet to each student. Students will look carefully around the room for the eggs. When they find a match, they write the number inside the eggs on their worksheet. Once all of the eggs have been found, they solve each number sentence.
Crack the Codes (Not the Eggs!)
Once the students have solved the number sentences correctly, provide them with a cipher. There are three versions for your students: easy, difficult, hard. You may want to start with the hardest cipher and only provide the next level if they are struggling.
You can print multiple ciphers for your students to use or just display them digitally.
The three worksheets included in this resource allow you to differentiate the activity based on your students’ abilities. Each worksheet uses the same Easter eggs hidden around the classroom. The only difference is the way the numbers are ordered and the operations that are used. This way, you can have all students playing the game simultaneously, but at their own level.
There are symbols in the top-right corner of each worksheet that allow you to determine which worksheet they are completing. They are listed below in order of complexity.
- Students should be able to complete simple addition and subtraction number sentences.
- Students should be able to complete simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems.
- Students should be familiar with the order of operations (including parenthesis).
This resource works well as a whole-class or math center activity.
Answer keys are included in the download.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all pr...
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangul...
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
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