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In collaborative groups, math scholars put together an eight-piece puzzle. Individuals then take a piece of it and crate an enlarged version. When they attempt to put their larger puzzle together, it most likely won't work! They discover that they need to all use a same proportion when they make larger pieces! All handouts and projection transparencies are provided in this inquiry-based math lesson.
Middle schoolers come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. Students examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait. The genetic information for individuals is depicted as a jigsaw puzzle. Terms that middle schoolers encounter include gene; chromosome; DNA; pedigree; genotype; phenotype; dominant; and recessive.
An Environmental Puzzle: The Carbon Cycle
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a statement which learners must determine if it is true or false. They will only be able to complete the puzzle if they answer each correctly. This foundational topic is presented in a creative way.
Sight Words Crossword Puzzle #5
For this sight words crossword puzzle worksheet, students read sentence clues and use words in a word bank that tell the number of times they are used in the crossword to solve the puzzle. Students write 33 words.
In this crossword worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by different solving clues. For example, "Term used to describe a broad range of cultural differences."
Sudoku Puzzle with Derivatives
In this Sudoku puzzle worksheet, students use basic derivative formulas, the chain rule and implicit differentiation to solve given problems. This six-page worksheet contains 26 problems. Answers are provided on the last page.
These math puzzles are sure to get your first and second graders thinking. Nine word problems about odds and evens, as well as greater than and less than, keep learners guessing. If you're working on mental math in your class, use these puzzles for homework or a group activity.
Elementary and middle schoolers explore scatter plots. In this graphing lesson, pupils work in small groups and use jigsaw puzzles to develop a scatter plot. Younger students may develop a bar graph.
Lesson Design Puzzles
Art that employs geometric shapes is a fun way to discuss math and the creative process. Fourth graders analyze a bit of abstract art, specifically the use of line and shape. They then create geometric art by intersecting and bisecting a number of straight lines. The result is a puzzle-like, yet organic design.
Puzzles are Systems
Fourth graders put together two sets of puzzles.
Students create their own puzzles. In this visual arts instructional activity, students follow the provided steps to create their jigsaw puzzles made from card stock.
Common Words and Phrases Puzzle
Young scholars discuss the meaning of a variety of common phrases. As a class, they are tested on how to use those phrases. They participate in a puzzle game in which they are given a statement to describe the phrase and they are to say it as it would be said to others. To end the lesson, they develop their own sayings to be used in the game.
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Discover the joy and excitement of improving your math fluency through four different puzzles. Combine those with 25 different ways to represent numbers and you have hours of enjoyment that can be fun outside of the classroom as well.
Students examine spatial relationships in math. In this spatial relationship lesson, students use puzzles, both concrete and virtual, to develop an understanding of spatial relationships. They work with manipulatives and on-line Tangrams before answering questions about the movement of the puzzle pieces.
Tundra Food Chain Puzzles
Sixth graders identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem. In this life science lesson, 6th graders connect pieces of a tundra ecosystem puzzle. They discuss how changing the nonliving environment affects the living things in it.
The Pythagorean Puzzle
An engaging hands-on activity is presented. Learners of all ages are addressed in thie unique plan. K-5 learners identify, name, and define a rectangle, square, triangle, and the concept of area. Older learners prove the Pythagorean theorem on their own by manipulating some puzzle pieces.
Young readers use Internet puzzle-making programs and information from biographies they have read to create crossword puzzles, word finds, and word searches. After crafting the questions and prompts, they share the puzzles with their classmates.
Students define from a word list for a literary selection. Using the literary selection, they read the vocabulary in context. They determine the definition of the word as used in context and create a crossword puzzle using the vocabulary words assigned. They use the definitions (developed from context) to create the clue list for the crossword puzzle.
Puzzling Through the Library
Students use a jigsaw puzzle and 'scavenger hunt' approach. They determine the use of OPAC to identify resources and the Dewey Decimal System as a tool for locating books on the library shelves. The locate the different books that are identified on their puzzle sheet
Puzzles Intro to Geometry
Seventh graders recognize the geometric shapes of puzzle pieces and then put the puzzle together. In this geometric puzzle lesson, 7th graders piece together four congruent rectangles using various shapes. Students use toothpicks to make various geometric shapes.