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Halloween Treat: Student Created Problem Solver Craft

Don't you love it when education and cuteness merge? 




  About two weeks ago, I was working with a group of second graders on understanding word problems. They would do all of their work and then jump to the next problem without checking their answers. When prompted to check their work, I got hit with the whiny face and "I don't want to do that!" pout. After taking a deep breath, I reminded them of the importance of self checking and putting your best work out there. Out of nowhere, I got the idea to have students work on creating their own word problems and have other people help check the answers.

Trick or Treat Problem Solvers Craft - Knowledge Mobile

After several iterations, I got the idea to connect it to Halloween and the trick or treat theme.
Trick or Treat Problem Solvers Craft - Knowledge Mobile

Trick or Treat Problem Solvers Craft - Knowledge Mobile

Students would create their own problems, decide on an answer, and check by placing the trick or treat on the inside flap.
Trick or Treat Problem Solvers Craft - Knowledge Mobile


Not only is it good practice, it made such a cute display for outside of the room. I think my favorite thing, besides all of the colors, is that it can be used for math, science, or whatever topic you like. The kids loved filling their craft out and going around the room, checking the answer if it was a trick or a treat. I got a lot of compliments on how nice it looked and thought I would share it here.

As a special treat, just click on this link, to get a free copy to use today with your kids to get all of that trick or treating started early.

Trick or Treat Problem Solvers Craft - Knowledge Mobile

For the full version with all 12 sets, click here.

                   

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