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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.
Students make puzzles from world maps, dramatizing how much of the globe is covered by ocean.
Wind Logic Puzzles
Students listen to books on wind energy for background knowledge. In 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.
Puzzles and Brain Teasers
In this brain teasers activity, students solve a variety of word puzzles. For example, "What is a clever cat called? (a witty kitty).
Finding the Structure: Pieces of the Puzzle
Students gather information about DNA. In this biology activity, students watch video clips of scientists discussing their contribution to the understanding of DNA, then work a puzzle correlating information to scientist. Lesson includes extension activities.
Puzzling with Pentominoes
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 instructional activity.
Quilting Crossword Puzzle
In this solving a quilting crossword puzzle worksheet, learners use a word bank of quilting vocabulary to solve the crossword puzzle. Students write 18 words.
Sight Words Crossword Puzzle #5
In this crossword puzzle of sight words worksheet, students observe the words used in the puzzle listed in columns of the number of times used, read the clues, and record the answers. Students write 33 answers.
Earthquake Word Search Puzzle
In this earthquake word search worksheet, students find and circle the 17 earthquake-related words from the word bank in the puzzle.
Sudoku Puzzle: Definite Integrals
In this Sudoku worksheet, students first solve 36 definite integral problems and then place them into the puzzle. The remainder of the Sudoku is left to solve.
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An ancient puzzle game meets a modern implementation. Challenge mathematicians of all ages with this mind-bending geometric puzzle game.
New! Math in English Skills IV Exercise Book: Multi-Digit Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
No one can deny the relationship between addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. However, it's not always easy for learners to see the connection between basic operations. Help your class by providing them with an entire packet that includes skills practice as well as puzzle activities that will help them see how each of the four operations are related.
New! Sochi 2014 Mascots
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.
Using Combinations to Solve a Puzzle
Students use combinations to help solve a puzzle. In this math combinations lesson, students use combinations to help them solve a puzzle presented in video clips. Students compare and share their results with classmates, discussing different methods.
A Piece of the Puzzle
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.
Students use this problem to develop spatial skills. As the students handle the shapes and join them together they strengthen their understanding of the attributes of shapes. This activity also gives students the opportunity to make up their own puzzles which is good for building confidence.
Pattern Block Puzzles
Here is an outstanding instructional activity 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 instructional activity may be helpful to split amongst two days, and can also work well with 3rd and 5th graders.
Homophones Crossword Puzzle
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, students solve a crossword puzzle by choosing the correct homophone. For example, "Mark threw/through the ball to his friend."
Earth Day Drop Quote Puzzle
In this solving Earth Day Drop Quote puzzles worksheet, students choose from the letters below each column to solve the Earth Day quotes. Students write 3 answers.
Add some fun to rhyming using a word puzzle worksheet. First, learners match up single-syllable rhyming words. Then, they find all the words in a word search. This beginning reading activity only has words spelled horizontally from left to right, so scholars won't need to read backwards or vertically.