Math Word Problems Scavenger Hunt

Math word problems and a scavenger hunt! This is a different way to get kids interested in doing word problems. Whenever we look at the data from our testing, word problems are still the area our 2nd graders have difficulties with. We do a Pirate Unit at the end of the year.  During this unit I incorporate a math word problem scavenger hunt. There are 12 treasure chests that have several different types of math questions. There is addition, subtraction, multiplication, measurement, time, and money. They all focus on pirates.

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math scavenger hunt


These treasure chests are also in black and white and can be run on any color of tag. I laminate them and post them up and down our 2nd grade hall. They can be hid throughout the classroom or put anywhere throughout the building. I give each of the students a paper to show their work on. I have them go one at a time to answer the questions. I tell them they must show their work.

The students really enjoy working on the math word problems. When all of the students have completed the scavenger hunt we check them together. All of the 2nd graders in our school did them and they all had a great time.

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If you are interested in purchasing this Pirate Scavenger Hunt- Math Word Problems go by my store and check it out. I also have an Easter Egg Math Word Problem Scavenger Hunt that the kids also enjoy. I have a blog post about it. I hope you enjoy this activity.

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Pirate Unit

Pirates are so much fun! At the end of the year my team always does a whole pirate unit. The kids have so much fun and don’t even realize they are doing work.  It lasts about two weeks and the kids write everyday. It’s amazing to see them grow in their writing.

We start the unit off by reading “How I Became a Priate” by Melinda Long. There is a packet that has with this story that I have used for several years. It is helpful to have when you have lots of end of the year testing that needs to be done and you need the other students doing something quitely.
There is also a sequal to this book called “Pirate Don’t Change Diapers”.


After reading these stories my kids make a map using a paper lunch bag. They cut the front out and draw a map on how to get to the treasure. After drawing the map the students crumple it and tear pieces off of it to make it look worn. Then they write directions on how to get to the treasure.

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There are a lot of fun books to read about pirates. Here are a few of my favorites.


After reading the story “Roger the Jolly Pirate” we make our own Jolly Roger flags. Then the kids have to write about why they chose their design. “Pirates- Robbers of the High Seas” is a nonfiction book. The students make a web of all the facts that are true about pirates. You could also do a story map after reading one of these stories.  Below is one that I have created. Click on it to download it for free.

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If you are interested in learning about some of the other writing ideas that can be done with pirates go by more teacherpayteacher store and check out my Pirate Writing Unit. pirate writing unit

I hope you have fun trying out some of these activities!

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Calming the Chaos

Welcome to the Calming the Chaos Blog Hop hosted by 2peasandadog.
All of us bloggers have come together to share our top tips for making the last month of school run smoothly. Visit each of our blogs to learn something new and catch a freebie or two!
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Well it is the end of the year! Now what do you do? All of your grades have been verified and all of your materials have been taken up. Your kids do not want to do worksheets all day long. Why not do an activity with the kids to see how well they know each other.

This activity is called Mystery Person. There is a grid that you will fill out beforehand with unique clues about each child. You can also add teachers to the grid. Give each child a copy and have them write down which student goes with each clue. It is so much fun to watch the kids try to figure out who everyone is. The students also enjoy this activtiy because the teacher has noticed something unique about them.

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I hope you enjoy this activity. Have a great rest of the year! Thanks to Kristy at 2 Peas and a Dog for hosting this Blog Hop!

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Prefixes and Suffixes

Prefixes and Suffixes still seem to be difficult for my class. I have been spiraling this concept throughout the year but, some students still get confused. I decided to go ahead and make a prefix and suffix unit. I wanted to try to make it fun so I came up with an ice cream activity.

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There are posters that I made explaining what prefixes and suffixes are. They can be used to introduce prefixes and suffixes or for review. Click on the link below to download them. I hope you enjoy them.

Prefixes and Suffixes Posters

There is also a workstation or small group activity with this unit. The students have ice cream scoops that have prefixes on one and the base word on the other. They have to match the correct prefix and base word and then put it on top of the ice cream cone. There are also suffixes that have base words and suffixes that are matched and put into an bowl.


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I have also made a comprehension page with a nonfiction story about ice cream. All the questions ask about prefixes and suffixes.

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