10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids (with Answers)

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10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids (with Answers)

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Kids easily grow bored with repetitive and predictable worksheets. Challenging math riddles, on the other hand, are great for engaging kids to think critically and apply their math and reasoning skills in creative ways.

Math riddles and brain teasers can be used with kids in the classroom and at home as an effective strategy for improving problem-solving skills. Teachers and parents can use them to challenge their kids and keep them interested in learning math.

If you are looking for some challenging (or even a bit silly) math riddles and brain teasers for your kids, then check out this brand new collection of 10 Super Fun Math Riddles for Kids! These riddles are ideal for students in grades 3-8.

You can work through these riddles one-by-one by scrolling down, or you can click here to download all of them together in this free math riddles with answers PDF worksheet.

And if you get stuck, be sure to download your free Math Riddles for Kids PDF worksheet to access the answer key. Enjoy!

10 Awesome Maths Riddles and Brain Teasers for Kids:


1.) Troy has more than two dogs at home. All of them are corgis, except for two. All of them are pugs, except for two. All of them are labs, except for two. What kinds of dogs and how many of each kind does Troy have?

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Answer: Troy has 3 dogs: one corgi, one pug, and one lab

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2.) I am a three-digit number. My tens digit is six more than my ones digit. My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

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Answer: 193


3.) A grandmother, two mothers, and two daughters went to a baseball game together and bought one ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?

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Answer:  3 tickets (the grandmother is also a mother and the mother is also a daughter)


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4.) When Miguel was 6 years old, his little sister, Leila, was half is age. If Miguel is 40 years old today, how old is Leila?

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Answer: She is 37 years old.


5.) What can you put between a 7 and an 8 so that the result is greater than a seven, but less than an eight? 

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Answer: A decimal. 7.8 is greater than 7, but less than 8


6.) The total cost for a new pair of headphones and a new pair of sunglasses is $140. The headphones cost $100 more than the sunglasses. How much do the headphones cost?

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Answer: The headphones cost $120 and the sunglasses cost $20.


7.) Leon works at the aquarium. When he tries to put each turtle in its own tank, he has one turtle too many. But if he puts two turtles per tank, he has on tank too many. How many turtles and how many tanks does Leon have?

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Answer: He has 3 tanks and 4 turtles


8.) How far can a dog run into the woods?

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Answer: Half way (after that, the dog would be running out of the woods)


9.) Alvin spent half as much as Lorie did on holiday presents this year and Chris spent 3 times more than Alvin did. The total spent between the three of them was $720. How much money did each person spend?

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Answer: Alvin spent $120, Lorie spent $240, and Chris spent $360


10.) You are given an 8 gallon jug filled with water, and also two empty jugs: one that holds 5 gallons and another that holds 3 gallons. Using these three jugs, how can you measure exactly 4 gallons of water?

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Answer: Fill te 5-gallon jug. Next, pour from the 5-gallon jug to completely fill the 3-gallon jug (leaving 2 gallons in the 5-gallon jug). Then, pour all of the water from the 3-gallon jug back into the 8-gallon jug. Next, pour the two gallons from the 5-gallon jug into the 3-gallon jug, which would leave it with one gallon of space available. Then, fill the 5-gallon jug again. Finally, pour from the 5-gallon jug into the 3-gallon jug (filling up the one gallon of available space), which would leave you with exactly four gallons in the 5-gallon jug!


Did I miss your favorite math riddle for kids? Share your thoughts, questions, and suggestions in the comments section below!

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Algebra 2 Regents Exam

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Algebra 2 Regents Exam

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How to Pass the Algebra 2 Regents Exam

This ultimate guide to passing your Algebra 2 Regents exam will help you understand how the exam works, how the questions are structured, and how to study so that you can not only pass the Algebra 2 Regents, but score a 90 or above.

The Algebra 2 Regents Exam measures a student’s understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for Algebra 2. The exam requires that students show an understanding of mathematical concepts, use prior knowledge and prerequisite skills, and solve real world problems using tools and formulas.

What topics are covered on the Algebra 2 Regents and which ones are the most important?

Not all algebra topics and learning standards are represented equally on the regents exam. The graphics below (via EngageNY.org) share a blueprint that details which  topics are represented most on the Algebra 2 Regents exam.

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You can use this blueprint to help you prepare for the exam more strategically.

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Notice that understanding topics related to the Algebra category (35-44% of the exam) are represented much more than topics related to the Number & Quantity category (only 5-12% of the exam).

While you should never skip any of the exam topics while preparing, you can use this information to prioritize what topics you plan on studying the most.

Pro Tip: If you are short on studying time, try focusing most of your attention on understanding topics related to Algebra (expressions, equations, and inequalities) (35-44% of the exam) and Functions (30-40% of the exam). By mastering these two strands alone, you will likely be able to pass the exam easily.

How Long is the Algebra 2 Regents Exam?

The Algebra 2 Regents exam lasts for three hours, although finishing the exam in less than three hours is common. However, students should not expect to be allowed to leave the testing site before the three hour deadline has been met.

What is the format of the Algebra 2 Regents Exam?

The Algebra 2 regents contains four parts including both multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions.

Part I contains 24 multiple choice questions, while Parts II, III, and IV contain constructed response questions.

How many questions are on the Algebra 2 Regents Exam?

 There are a total of 37 questions on the Algebra 2 Regents Exam. However, all of the questions are not weighted the same. See the chart below (via EngageNY.org) for more information on the breakdown.

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How many questions do you need to get correct to pass the Algebra 2 Regents?

As of January 2018, students are required to earn 30 total credits to get a passing score of 65. For example, by answering 15 multiple choice questions correct (2 credits each), you would earn a passing score.

What can I bring with me to the Algebra 2 Regents?

Students are permitted to use a graphing calculator on all sections of the Algebra 2 Regents exam. Students will also be given access to a straightedge (ruler) for the entire duration of the exam.

 Your school/testing site is responsible for supplying these materials to you.

 Pro Tip: Understanding how to use these tools is crucial to passing the algebra 2 regents exam.

What about the Algebra 2 Regents Reference Sheet?

 All students will be supplied with a reference sheet. You can download the Algebra 2 Regents Reference Sheet for free by clicking here.

5 Tips for Passing the Algebra 2 Regents Exam

1.) Review Past Algebra 2 Regents Exams

Every Algebra 2 Regents exam (with corresponding answer key and model answers) from the past several years are available for free online. You can practice taking these exams at home to assess your readiness and determine areas of weakness that you can focus on while studying.

Practicing these old exams is great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam, what kind of questions will be asked, and what your responses need to look like.

Here are links to the most recent Algebra 2 Regents Exams (past algebra 2 regents answers are included):

Algebra 2 Regents Practice: Algebra 2 Regents June 2018 | Algebra 2 Regents August 2018 | Algebra 2 Regents January 2019 | + More Algebra 2 Regents Answers

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2.) Know Your Reference Sheet

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the reference sheet before the exam and know what information and formulas are included on it (as well as which ones are not).

This information is valuable because you do not have to memorize the formulas on the reference sheet since they will already be given to you.

Pro Tip: If there is anything that you have memorized for the exam, write it down on your reference sheet as soon as the test begins. By transferring the information to paper, you are freeing up valuable mental energy that you can put towards the exam questions.

3.) Break Up Your Studying

Cramming for an exam like the Algebra 2 Regents is not a good idea. For more information, check out this BBC article Why Cramming for Tests Often Fails.

Instead, you should space out your studying over several weeks leading up to exam day. In addition to working on past exam questions, you should review your Algebra 2 notes, practice problems, quizzes and tests as well.

One of the benefits of spacing out your studying is that it will give you opportunities to ask your Algebra 2 teacher for help before or after school. If you wait until the last minute to study, you will not have this option.

4.) Take Advantage of Free Resources

There is no shortage of helpful, free resources to help you prepare for the Algebra 2 Regents.

Many students like to use Algebra 2 Regents Review packets, take online prep courses, and study algebra 2 regents vocabulary flash cards.

By taking advantage of these free online resources, you will can give yourself plenty of practice and exposure to the topics that will be covered on the regents exam.

Pro Tip: When you come across a practice question that you are struggling to solve, write down whatever questions you may have and flag the question until you can share it with your teacher or tutor the next time they are available.

5.) Understand The Big Topics

If you are looking to not only pass the Algebra 2 Regents, but score a 90 or above, then you need to be sure that you have a strong understanding of the more difficult topics on the exam.

If your goal is a high score on the regents, then you will need to focus a good amount of energy and study time on understanding expressions, equations, and inequalities as well as functions.

Here are a few free video lessons on these topics if you could use some extra practice:

 
 

Are you looking for help with passing the Algebra 1 Regents and Geometry Regents? Click the links below to access our other free guides:



Have any questions or ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Algebra 1 Regents Exam

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Algebra 1 Regents Exam

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How to Pass the Algebra 1 Regents Exam

This ultimate guide to passing your Algebra 1 Regents exam will help you understand how the exam works, how the questions are structured, and how to study so that you can not only pass the Algebra 1 Regents, but score a 90 or above.

The Algebra 1 Regents Exam measures a student’s understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for Algebra 1. The exam requires that students show an understanding of mathematical concepts, use prior knowledge and prerequisite skills, and solve real world problems using tools and formulas.

What topics are covered on the Algebra 1 Regents and which ones are the most important?

Not all algebra topics and learning standards are represented equally on the regents exam. The graphics below (via EngageNY.org) share a blueprint that details which  topics are represented most on the Algebra 1 Regents exam.

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You can use this blueprint to help you prepare for the exam more strategically.

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Notice that understanding topics related to Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities (50-56% of the exam) are represented much more than topics related to Statistics and Probability (only 5-10% of the exam).

While you should never skip any of the exam topics while preparing, you can use this information to prioritize what topics you plan on studying the most.

Pro Tip: If you are short on studying time, try focusing most of your attention on understanding topics related to Algebra (expressions, equations, and inequalities) (50-56% of the exam) and Functions (32-38% of the exam). By mastering these two strands alone, you will likely be able to pass the exam easily.


How Long is the Algebra 1 Regents Exam?

The Algebra 1 Regents exam lasts for three hours, although finishing the exam in less than three hours is common. However, students should not expect to be allowed to leave the testing site before the three hour deadline has been met.

What is the format of the Algebra 1 Regents Exam?

The Algebra 1 regents contains four parts including both multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions.

Part I contains 24 multiple choice questions, while Parts II, III, and IV contain constructed response questions.

How many questions are on the Algebra 1 Regents Exam?

 There are a total of 37 questions on the Algebra 1 Regents Exam. However, all of the questions are not weighted the same. See the chart below (via EngageNY.org) for more information on the breakdown.

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How many questions do you need to get correct to pass the Algebra 1 Regents?

As of January 2018, students are required to earn 30 total credits to get a passing score of 65. For example, by answering 15 multiple choice questions correct (2 credits each), you would earn a passing score.

What can I bring with me to the Algebra 1 Regents?

Students are permitted to use a graphing calculator on all sections of the Algebra 1 Regents exam. Students will also be given access to a straightedge (ruler) for the entire duration of the exam.

 Your school/testing site is responsible for supplying these materials to you.

 Pro Tip: Understanding how to use these tools is crucial to passing the algebra 1 regents exam.

What about the Algebra 1 Regents Reference Sheet?

 All students will be supplied with a reference sheet. You can download the Algebra 1 Regents Reference Sheet for free by clicking here.

5 Tips for Passing the Algebra 1 Regents Exam

1.) Review Past Algebra 1 Regents Exams

Every Algebra 1 Regents exam (with corresponding answer key and model answers) from the past several years are available for free online. You can practice taking these exams at home to assess your readiness and determine areas of weakness that you can focus on while studying.

Practicing these old exams is great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam, what kind of questions will be asked, and what your responses need to look like.

Here are links to the most recent Algebra 1 Regents Exams (past algebra 1 regents answers are included):

Algebra 1 Regents Practice: Algebra 1 Regents June 2018 | Algebra 1 Regents August 2018 | Algebra 1 Regents January 2019 | + More Algebra 1 Regents Answers

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2.) Know Your Reference Sheet

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the reference sheet before the exam and know what information and formulas are included on it (as well as which ones are not).

This information is valuable because you do not have to memorize the formulas on the reference sheet since they will already be given to you.

Pro Tip: If there is anything that you have memorized for the exam, write it down on your reference sheet as soon as the test begins. By transferring the information to paper, you are freeing up valuable mental energy that you can put towards the exam questions.

3.) Break Up Your Studying

Cramming for an exam like the Algebra 1 Regents is not a good idea. For more information, check out this BBC article Why Cramming for Tests Often Fails.

Instead, you should space out your studying over several weeks leading up to exam day. In addition to working on past exam questions, you should review your Algebra 1 notes, practice problems, quizzes and tests as well.

One of the benefits of spacing out your studying is that it will give you opportunities to ask your Algebra 1 teacher for help before or after school. If you wait until the last minute to study, you will not have this option.

4.) Take Advantage of Free Resources

There is no shortage of helpful, free resources to help you prepare for the Algebra Regents.

Many students like to use Algebra 1 Regents Review packets, take online prep courses, and study algebra 1 regents vocabulary flash cards.

By taking advantage of these free online resources, you will can give yourself plenty of practice and exposure to the topics that will be covered on the regents exam.

Pro Tip: When you come across a practice question that you are struggling to solve, write down whatever questions you may have and flag the question until you can share it with your teacher or tutor the next time they are available.

5.) Understand The Big Topics

If you are looking to not only pass the Algebra 1 Regents, but score a 90 or above, then you need to be sure that you have a strong understanding of the more difficult topics on the exam.

If your goal is a high score on the regents, then you will need to focus a good amount of energy and study time on understanding expressions, equations, and inequalities as well as functions.

Here are a few free video lessons on these topics if you could use some extra practice:

 
 

Are you looking for help with passing the Algebra 2 Regents and Geometry Regents? Click the links below to access our other free guides:



Have any questions or ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

(Never miss a Mashup Math blog--click here to get our weekly newsletter!)

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Geometry Regents Exam

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing the Geometry Regents Exam

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How to Pass the Geometry Regents Exam

This ultimate guide to passing your Geometry Regents exam will help you understand how the exam works, how the questions are structured, and how to study so that you can not only pass the Geometry Regents, but score a 90 or above.

The Geometry Regents Exam measures a student’s understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards for Geometry. The exam requires that students show an understanding of mathematical concepts, use prior knowledge and prerequisite skills, and solve real world problems using tools and formulas.

What topics are covered on the Geometry Regents and which ones are the most important?

Not all geometry topics and learning standards are represented equally on the Geometry Regents. The graphics below (via EngageNY.org) share a blueprint that details which  topics are represented most on the Geometry Regents exam.

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You can use this blueprint to help you prepare for the exam more strategically.

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Notice that understanding topics related to Congruence (27-34% of the exam) are represented much more than topics related to Circles (only 2-8% of the exam).

While you should never skip any of the exam topics while preparing, you can use this information to prioritize what topics you plan on studying the most.

Pro Tip: If you are short on studying time, try focusing most of your attention on understanding topics related to Congruence (27-34% of the exam) and Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry (29-37% of the exam). By mastering these two strands alone, you will likely be able to pass the exam easily.




How Long is the Geometry Regents Exam?

The Geometry Regents exam lasts for three hours, although finishing the exam in less than three hours is common. However, students should not expect to be allowed to leave the testing site before the three hour deadline has been met.

What is the format of the Geometry Regents Exam?

The geometry regents contains four parts including both multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions.

Part I contains 24 multiple choice questions, while Parts II, III, and IV contain constructed response questions.

How many questions are on the Geometry Regents Exam?

 There are a total of 35 questions on the Geometry Regents Exam. However, all of the questions are not weighted the same. See the chart below (via EngageNY.org) for more information on the breakdown.

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How many questions do you need to get correct to pass the geometry regents?

As of January 2018, students are required to earn 30 total credits to get a passing score of 65. For example, by answering 15 multiple choice questions correct (2 credits each), you would earn a passing score.

What can I bring with me to the Geometry Regents?

Students are permitted to use a graphing calculator on all sections of the Geometry Regents exam. Students will also be given access to a compass and a straightedge (ruler) for the entire duration of the exam.

 Your school/testing site is responsible for supplying these materials to you.

 Pro Tip: Understanding how to use these tools is crucial to passing the geometry regents exam.

What about the Geometry Regents Reference Sheet?

 All students will be supplied with a reference sheet. You can download the Geometry Regents Reference Sheet for free by clicking here.

5 Tips for Passing the Geometry Regents Exam

1.) Review Past Geometry Regents Exams

Every Geometry Regents exam (with corresponding answer key and model answers) from the past several years are available for free online. You can practice taking these exams at home to assess your readiness and determine areas of weakness that you can focus on while studying.

Practicing these old exams is great way to familiarize yourself with the format of the exam, what kind of questions will be asked, and what your responses need to look like.

Here are links to the most recent Geometry Regents Exams (past geometry regents answers are included):

 Geometry Regents 2017 | Geometry Regents 2018 | Geometry Regents 2019

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2.) Know Your Reference Sheet

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the reference sheet before the exam and know what information and formulas are included on it (as well as which ones are not).

This information is valuable because you do not have to memorize the formulas on the reference sheet since they will already be given to you.

Pro Tip: If there is anything that you have memorized for the exam, write it down on your reference sheet as soon as the test begins. By transferring the information to paper, you are freeing up valuable mental energy that you can put towards the exam questions.

3.) Break Up Your Studying

Cramming for an exam like the Geometry Regents is not a good idea. For more information, check out this BBC article Why Cramming for Tests Often Fails.

Instead, you should space out your studying over several weeks leading up to exam day. In addition to working on past exam questions, you should review your Geometry notes, practice problems, quizzes and tests as well.

One of the benefits of spacing out your studying is that it will give you opportunities to ask your geometry teacher for help before or after school. If you wait until the last minute to study, you will not have this option.

4.) Take Advantage of Free Resources

There is no shortage of helpful, free resources to help you prepare for the Geometry Regents.

Many students like to use Geometry Regents Review packets, take online prep courses, and study geometry regents vocabulary flash cards.

By taking advantage of these free online resources, you will can give yourself plenty of practice and exposure to the topics that will be covered on the regents exam.

Pro Tip: When you come across a practice question that you are struggling to solve, write down whatever questions you may have and flag the question until you can share it with your teacher or tutor the next time they are available.

5.) Understand Proofs

If you are looking to not only pass the Geometry Regents, but score a 90 or above, then you need to be sure that you have a strong understanding of the more difficult topics on the exam.

And triangle proofs is the topic that students most often struggle with.

If your goal is a high score on the geometry regents, then you will need to focus a good amount of energy and study time on understanding congruence and completing proofs.

Here are a few free video lessons on these topics if you could use some extra practice:

 
 

Are you looking for help with passing the Algebra 1 Regents and Algebra 2 Regents? Click the links below to access our other free guides:


Have any questions or ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Free Math Coloring Worksheets for 5th and 6th Grade

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Free Math Coloring Worksheets for 5th and 6th Grade

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Are you looking for free math coloring worksheets to share with your 5th grade and 6th grade students?

(Were you looking for math coloring pages for grades 3 and 4?)

The following free math coloring worksheets for grade 5 and grade 6 are available as printable PDF files. They incorporate mathematical thinking and problem solving as well as understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and order of operations.

Each coloring worksheet can be used to supplement your lessons and they also make perfect warm up and cool down activities, homework assignments, and extra credit.

Keep reading to access the full PDF file that shares all five math coloring worksheets for 5th graders and 6th graders. To download each worksheet individually, right-click an image and save it to your computer.

Check This Out: Free PDF Math Puzzles for All Grade Levels

Math Coloring Worksheets for 5th and 6th Grade


Math Coloring Worksheet #1/5: Monkey Math!

 
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Math Coloring Worksheet #2/5: Summer Fruit!

 
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Check This Out: Free Growth Mindset Math Poster for Your Classroom!

Math Coloring Worksheet #3/5: Toys and Games!

 
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Are YOU looking for some super fun daily math puzzles for your students in grades 3-8? Our best-selling 101 Daily Math Challenges workbook is now available as a PDF download!


Math Coloring Worksheet #4/5: Pirate Adventure!

 
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Math Coloring Worksheet #5/5: Snack Time!

 
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Click here to download all 5 free Math Coloring Worksheets for 5th Grade and 6th Grade Students as a PDF file AND access the answer key to each puzzle.

And click here to access free math coloring worksheets for grades 3 and 4!


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