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Puzzling over what geometry lesson to teach next? Look no further. This simple activity teaches young mathematicians how shapes can be decomposed into smaller figures, and how smaller figures can be assembled into larger shapes. To learn this concept, children cut a square piece of construction paper into four pieces and take turns putting together each other's puzzles. This is a great lesson to include in a primary grade geometry unit, engaging learners in using their creativity to deepen their understanding of shapes.
Students assess new ways to strengthen and expand their vocabularies by creating crossword puzzles for their classmates to experience. They become aware that learning a new language can be a fun experience if approached with an open mind and creativity.
Naming and locating each of the 50 United States of America is one task every kids need to master. Help them along the way with a fun hands-on activity that includes the whole class. Included here are the instructions for creating larger-than-life puzzle pieces of the United Sates. They can be used as flashcards and they can also be used to construct a giant US map on the classroom floor. The kids will learn the name and location of each state as they work together to construct the puzzle. Tip: Have the class help make the 50 states puzzle pieces.
Fourth graders put together two sets of puzzles.
Students create their own puzzles. In this visual arts lesson, students follow the provided steps to create their jigsaw puzzles made from card stock.
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."
Students examine spatial relationships in math. For 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.
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 develop a knowledge of the geometric terms, slide, flip, and turn, by completing a puzzle.  In this geometry lesson plan, students build on their prior knowledge of geometric skills.  
Seventh graders recognize the geometric shapes of puzzle pieces and then put the puzzle together.  For this geometric puzzle lesson, 7th graders piece together four congruent rectangles using various shapes. Students use toothpicks to make various geometric shapes.
Students listen to books on wind energy for background knowledge. For this wind logic puzzle, students use knowledge of wind energy and critical thinking skills to complete logic puzzles. Students may work in groups or individually as homework.
In this brain teasers worksheet, students solve a variety of word puzzles. For example, "What is a clever cat called? (a witty kitty).
Get to know the mascots for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with this fun, cooperative art activity. Start by introducing the new mascots and comparing them with those form previous years. Consider using a Venn diagram to record comparisons and discuss ideas for why these particular mascots were chosen. Then break the class into small groups, asking each to accurately color the mascot you assign them. These pictures will then be cut into puzzle pieces and given to other groups to reassemble. Use this lesson to teach descriptive language, inviting individuals to write short, illustrative paragraphs about a mascot of their choosing.
Pupils complete a variety of daily enrichment puzzles designed to encourage critical thinking skills, while developing and reinforcing math and language arts skills.
Students work together to complete puzzles. They practice their critical thinking skills and cooperative learning. They share their puzzles once they are complete.
Young scholars play a matching, puzzle-like game designed to help them review and practice a given subject matter.
First graders identify and create simple geometric shapes. Through demonstration and hands-on activities, they identify geometric shapes and create them using math manipulatives. Students improve their positional word vocabulary by using the shape in a puzzle.
Students solve a name puzzle, write their name six times, and identify their name on their envelope.
Students share unique information about themselves, and solve crossword puzzle based on clues that come from the information they shared.

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