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- Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
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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.
Who says your budding readers are too young for crossword puzzles? Scholars use visual clues instead of written ones to complete single-syllable words. They fill in the initial letter for each of six words, and a second letter for one of them. Just like in a normal crossword, several of these letters operate as the first letter of two different words. Use this to discuss consonance and words that begin with the same sound. Categorize the words into those with the same vowel sound and those with the same consonant sound.
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.
Students, after assessing the history behind pentominoes, construct pentominoes with puzzle shapes and patterns and then construct a 3-D box. They share their creations with their peers and explain each one. Notes on the key terms of geometry are also given within this lesson.
Discover the process of writing a story by comparing it to a puzzle. Begin by examining a diagram shaped like a puzzle which contains important elements of a story. Learners mix and match the pieces with elements of a story they are writing to experiment with the overall piece.
An ancient puzzle game meets a modern implementation. Challenge mathematicians of all ages with this mind-bending geometric puzzle game.
Here is an outstanding lesson on equivalent fractions! Using pattern blocks, learners are encouraged to structure their thinking by finding as many ways as possible to represent an equivalent fraction. By modeling equivalent fractions with shapes, young mathematicians are able to recognize factors as multiples in order to identify and simplify fractions. The lesson may be helpful to split amongst two days, and can also work well with 3rd and 5th graders.
Students explore the mystery genre. In this literature activity, students identfiy common features and characteristics of the genre "mystery". Students independently read a mystery of their choice, and create an 8 piece jigsaw puzzle displaying various components of the book.
It's no secret that being able to competently use a calculator is an important skill. In this math lesson, young mathematicians learn how to use the counting constant function on their calculators to explore patterns and relationships with whole numbers, negative numbers, and multiples. Many pattern puzzles are included in the lesson which help with the exploration of these concepts.
Third graders study the temperate deciduous forest. In this ecosystem lesson, 3rd graders read an article and answer questions about the temperate deciduous forest ecosystem. Working in groups, students create a collage on a jigsaw puzzle piece representing the climate, vegetation or animals found in this ecosystem.