Math riddles are a wonderful way to engage younger students with math and reading content at once. They push students to use multiple learning skills to get the correct answer. These “mini word problems” are great for building students’ math concepts. In this post, you will find details for promoting critical thinking with math riddles. Plus you can get my Math Riddle QR Code Task Cards for FREE.
One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is pushing my students to think more deeply. Especially when it comes to math computation and critical thinking.
So instead of just giving my former 2nd graders math drill worksheets for their math facts, I would give them math riddles instead.
Promoting critical thinking through math riddles pushes students to engage in several different learning skills at once.
- Students must read carefully to comprehend the riddle.
- Then they have to complete the math computation in order to solve the riddle.
I love this because it combines ELA and Math content for my students. I also added a little twist by including QR Codes with my math riddles. They can self-check their work for immediate feedback.
Math Riddle Example:
This image below gives an example of a math riddle. Students engage in problem-solving skills as they work through each problem.
Math Riddles help promote critical thinking and place value practice. I absolutely LOVE being able to address and giving meaningful practice with more than one learning standard.
Infusing Technology with Math Riddles
In addition to pushing my students beyond just rote memorization math practice, these QR Codes also give them practice with technology. My students absolutely love QR Codes anyway. Honestly, I love them too! They give students a chance to see their answers immediately. That is less grading for me and it gives students instant feedback.
When a student gets a problem incorrect, they go back and rework the math riddle–either independently or with a partner.
I’ve noticed how this also pushes their critical thinking because finding their own math mistake involves deeper thinking. Plus, it is a great exercise in showing grit and perseverance; something my kids definitely need!
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