## Mathematics Games and Activities

Gifted and talented students are often ready to learn higher level topics at younger ages; however, curriculum written for higher level math is not written with younger students in mind. Games, puzzles, and other hands-on activities are often limited to the primary grades. Because we work exclusively with gifted and talented students at HEROES Academy, our curriculum is written specifically for accelerated students. We’ve designed math puzzles, games, and other activities that excite young minds, and we’ve made many of these available for you to purchase for your personal and/or classroom use!

### Self-Checking Puzzles

We recommend printing our self-checking math puzzles on cardstock. For added durability, laminate the puzzles. Rather than using traditional jigsaw puzzle shapes, these puzzles use straight edges. This makes them easy to cut with a paper-cutter.

#### 3rd Grade Puzzles

**Subtracting Units of Time Self Checking Math Puzzles**

These twelve self-checking puzzles guide students through the steps of subtracting units of time that require regrouping. Students first match pieces showing equivalent times that are regrouped as needed. Students then find the matching puzzle piece with the difference between the given times.

**Identifying Fractions Self Checking Math Puzzles**

These twelve self-checking puzzles help students identify fractions as part of a whole, part of a group, and distance along an unlabeled number line.

**Adding Units of Time Self Checking Math Puzzles**

These twelve self-checking puzzles guide students through the steps of adding units of time that require regrouping. In this hands-on math activity, students first match pieces based on adding like units of time (hours to hours and minutes to minutes). Students then find the matching puzzle piece with the equivalent time expressed in standard format after the excess minutes are regrouped.

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**Mixed Numbers on a Number Line Self Checking Math Puzzles**

These twelve self-checking puzzles require students to match points on number lines to mixed fractions. The twelve puzzles consists of 6 pairs of mixed numbers sharing the same whole number part. Each pair uses one number with a fractional part that is greater than 1/2 and another with a fractional part of no more than 1/2. Students must be able to compare these similar numbers to complete the puzzles.

**5th Grade Puzzles**

**Two-Digit x Two-Digit Self Checking Math Puzzles (Movie Edition)**

These 12 self-checking puzzles help students use the distributive property and standard algorithm to perform 2-digit X 2-digit multiplication. This hands-on math activity provides practice using the multiple steps required to find the product of two multi-digit numbers.

**Two-Digit x Two-Digit Self Checking Math Puzzles (Lighthouse Edition)**

These 12 self-checking puzzles help students use the distributive property and standard algorithm to perform 2-digit X 2-digit multiplication. This hands-on math activity provides practice using the multiple steps required to find the product of two multi-digit numbers.

**Adding Fractions (EAsy LCD) Self Checking Math Puzzles (Lighthouse Edition)**

These 12 self-checking puzzles help students use add fractions with unlike denominators. First, students find equivalent expressions using the LCD. Then, they add the fractions.

**Dividing by Powers of 10 Self Checking Math Puzzles**

These twelve self-checking puzzles help students connect division of powers of 10 written in standard and exponential form. This hands-on math activity also reinforces the concept of “moving the decimal point” rather than counting zeros to prepare students for decimal division.