# Subtraction Puzzle Worksheets

How Do Puzzles in Math Help Motivate Students? Critical thinking and logic skills are important for all careers. Puzzles challenge students to understand possibilities and apply logical thinking skills to new problems. Puzzles help boost math-related skills. The children who play with puzzles perform better than those who do not. Math riddles and brain teasers challenge kids that encourage problem-solving and logical thinking. They are used in classrooms to inspire students to handle problems that may seem difficult at first. Students get excited when you turn their education into a fun game. Some fun examples of math puzzles and games are cross number, dominos, magic square, sudoku, and more. All these skills permit young students to shape a groundwork of skills that will help them for the rest of their lives, no matter what kind of education route they pursue. Math riddles help kids build an understanding of basic math concepts and also helps them retain the concepts longer. Many of the puzzles allow kids to practice essential addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills. At the same time, advanced or modified problems can be used to introduce pre-algebraic concepts and advanced logic skills. Instead of just teaching facts and formulas, puzzles allow you to connect directly with basics. You can also use them as an introduction to math or starting point for measuring how well your kid is at critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills.

• ### Basic Lesson

Demonstrates the concept of a subtraction puzzle and how to complete it.

• ### Subtraction Puzzle Quiz

10 subtraction puzzle problems to help assess the unit. A math scoring matrix is included.

• ### Independent Practice 1

Contains 15 missing digit subtraction puzzle problems. The answers can be found below.

• ### Independent Practice 2

Another subtraction puzzle problem set. The answer key is below.

• ### Homework Worksheet

Reviews the skills within the unit and provides 10 practice problems.

• ### Answer Key

Answers for the homework and quiz.

• ### Answer Key

Answers for both lessons and both practice sheets.

#### Signifiers...

When solving word problems, recognize these terms as signifiers that subtraction is the operation necessary to solve: find the difference, how much less, how much more, amount of decrease, amount of increase, how much is left.