Monday, July 11, 2011

Number Puzzles

The First Grade teachers at my school have been looking at the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for First Grade this summer and writing our curriculum plan for the coming school year.  Part of our work, while actually having fun together, has been to gather activities that will help reinforce the concepts.

A part of one of the standards under the domain of Number and Operations in Base Ten, is for the students to “Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120.”  Previously most of our activities only went to 100.  So, we expanded on one idea we already do in First Grade to help students count and recognize larger numbers.  The Number Puzzle!

I made a 120 Chart and on the back, I copied the letter “A” all over it.  (See picture).  I’ll make 5 sets of the 120 Chart on yellow card stock and copy on the back of each one the letters A-E, so I have an A Number Puzzle, a B Number Puzzle, and so on.  Each 120 Chart will be cut into 5 different pieces and placed in a Ziploc baggie.  The A puzzle will be different than the B puzzle, etc.

I will also make a 120 Chart on blue card stock, using the A-E letters on the back.  However, the blue ones will be cut in 6 or 7 pieces.  I will make some more on green card stock, using the A-E letters on the back, and these will be cut into 8 or more pieces.  So the puzzles get more challenging.  Hope this is an idea you can use in your classroom! 

Click here on 120 CHART to download for free.

Another fun thing we like to do is Number Puzzles on paper.  I have a template that has some numbers filled in.  The children use their 120 Chart to determine what number comes before or after the given number or what number is 10 more or 10 less, etc.  I've also included a blank template so you can fill in your own numbers.  These are really good Math Center activities.

Click here on NUMBER PUZZLE FRAMES to download for free.


  1. I love anything that clearly links to ccss! Thanks for sharing these, unfortunately they aren't loading for me. I'll try again tomorrow. :)
    First Grade Frame of Mind

  2. Sorry about that! I've tried to get into TpT and can't either. Maybe they are doing some maintenance or something. If you continue to have trouble, send me an e-mail and I'll e-mail them to you. Thanks!
    - Jan

  3. This looks like fun! Can't wait to download them. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. Yay! I just came across your blog as I was searching for some help to get my kiddos to count to 120. You have exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much because you just saved me a bunch of time because I was about to give up and make it myself. Youre AWESOME!

    Teaming Up To Teach

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and templates. Can't wait to use them.

  6. Love the Number Puzzles idea!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Thanks! This was exactly what I was hoping to find after I spent too long trying to make one instead of doing reports....

  8. Thank you so much! This will be a fun activitiy!

  9. You know, to count to 120 (back when I was in school) you started with 1 and counted up. This is the dumbest thing I can imagine.