Creating a Math Challenge Bin

A couple of weeks ago 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.  Today I would like to share what I have in my bin.

Creating a math challenge bin - Lots of freebies on this post!

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.

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 here.  There is a sample included for your students to use as a model.

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 created of task cards that I used for place value.  These cards are working out great for my second grade challenge bin.  You can see pictures of each type below.  You can also click here to view the entire set in my TPT store.  (The posters from the video as well as a print-friendly version for all four sets of task cards are included.)                                                                                                                                              
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?

Creating a math challenge bin - Lots of freebies on this post!

Thank you and have a great week!


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