# Hundreds chart jigsaw puzzle

Hundreds charts are great for connecting tens and ones. Why not turn one into a jigsaw puzzle to use in rotation groups? A template is below.

Instructions:

Photocopy this puzzle template onto different coloured pieces of paper or card. Laminate each. Cut each into puzzle pieces using the rows and columns. Store each puzzle in a ziplock bag – different colours makes it easy to pack up. Put all the ziplock bags in a shoe box ready for rotation groups.

Differentiation ideas to take it further:

The use of different colours makes differentiation much simpler in this task.

1. Use colours to represent different levels of difficulty. I use blue-red-green-yellow, like first-second-third-fourth place ribbons in a race. I give students instructions such as, “if there is a red activity in the box today then do that one first, then you can do the others”.
2. Once students are pretty good at the puzzles, I remove a piece from each. They have to first put the puzzle back together, then work out which numbers are missing.
3. I make a new “rainbow bag” using all the pieces that were removed as an extra-tricky extension. That puzzle has lots of overlaps and gaps! What numbers are missing now?
4. Parts of a hundreds chart” is a great variation. Fill in one number, then have students find what numbers to use in each of the blank squares.

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