It can be so tough to find the time to fit spiral review in math into your packed teaching day! Instead of having your students complete another page for you to correct, here’s an idea that will allow you to touch on a variety of important concepts in third grade math every single day, using a format that’s so much fun that your students will beg for more – math riddle task cards!
Why are riddles an effective option for review?
- They’re highly engaging! Every student is listening from the first moment you say the word “riddle”, and they know that they need to keep listening to all of the clues to get the correct answer.
- They’re easy to differentiate. The clues in these cards vary in math skill difficulty. You’ll find that it’s pretty simple to direct the clues at specific students according to their strengths and weaknesses.
- They’re short – they won’t take a lot of your math time to complete. In fact, some teachers are using these riddle cards as a sponge activity by tucking them into those tiny down times we all have throughout the day.
- They are a way to integrate your curriculum with no extra work for you! Could your students use more practice with identifying key details, inferring, and drawing conclusions? Riddles are painless practice!
- They’re great to use for review of both concepts and vocabulary.
- They’re instant informal assessment. With math riddles, you can identify your students’ weaknesses on the spot. Then you can respond immediately, jumping right in to clear up confusions.
- They’re versatile! Use riddles for whole class review, and then add them to your math centers and math rotations! Math riddle task cards are also handy when you’re running out of topics for number talks.
Are you ready to give math riddles a try with your class?
This set of one dozen riddle card freebies is great for third grade, but fourth grade teachers will also love them for that all-important review at the beginning of the school year! If you teach fourth grade, you’ll also want to click here to sample some riddle cards especially for fourth and fifth grade math topics!
Click to get your set of third grade math riddles at Primary Inspiration!