On an earlier post, I shared some upgrades to my math workshop.  One of my favorite upgrades was creating a challenge bin for some of my students to use when they were finished with the assigned activities.  Students are not allowed to choose the activities unless they have completed their work to the well-known classroom expectations.  I have found this to be a motivator for students to turn in quality work with clear mathematical explanations as well as a way to keep them thinking deeply about math (both in the assigned work and the challenge activities.)

This post includes great suggestions and some free downloads for creating a challenge bin that keeps your higher math students motivated.

There is a picture of my math challenge bin below.  On the left, you can see the math Power Towers for multiplication.  I found this wonderful idea at Fabulous in fifth.  You can read her post here.  On this site, you can learn how to make your own Power Towers as well as download a free label.  I had already made a set of Power Towers for addition and subtraction.  They were such a hit, I knew I needed a multiplication version for the challenge bin.

This post includes great suggestions and some free downloads for creating a challenge bin that keeps your higher math students motivated.


Inside the bin, I have an additional activity for multiplication.  I created some puzzles for my students who are working on multiplication to enhance their understanding of the concepts.  

Free Multiplication Match Game

I made 12 puzzles, but I have found that it worked better after I separated them into two sets of six.  I  put the Answer Key with both sets.  If you would like this set, you can download it for free by completing the form below. There is a sample included for your students to use as a model.

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    I also included four bags with place value task cards and activities.  You can view the video below to see what I include in the bags.  Then you can check out the links to the items below.

                                                                                                                                             
    When I taught fourth grade, I made several sets of task cards for my students to practice place value.  I have found these cards to be great challenge activities for my second graders.  Below, you can see a sample of each set of cards.  If you are interested, you can find all four sets of cards in my TPT store by clicking here.

    Awesome Place Value Task Cards!

    Awesome Place Value Task Cards!

    Awesome Place Value Task Cards!

    Awesome Place Value Task Cards!

    I love the game option (from the video).  I found some great free game boards to use with the task cards.  You can download them at Tim's Printables by clicking here.

    You can download the list of uses for the task cards by clicking here or on the picture below.  This list works great for any task card center.

    Free directions/task card options - Great for centers!

    I definitely have more ideas to add to my challenge bin.  I will share them with you as I create them.

    What do you do to keep your students challenged in math?

    This post includes great suggestions and some free downloads for creating a challenge bin that keeps your higher math students motivated.

    Thank you and have a great week!

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