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Students develop problem solving skills in science. In this creative thinking instructional activity, students manipulate puzzles and formulate solutions. Students share their process with peers to see if they can complete a given puzzle using the same methods.
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.
An interactive web site allows students to create crossword puzzles online after researching planets and Sun in the Earth's solar system facts. They complete crossword puzzles created by classmates.
Students discuss and demonstrate how to play and work cooperatively with other people and with a group. In small groups they role-play how to work cooperatively with each other, with the goal of completing their group's puzzle using cooperative skills.
Learners review and reinforce key science facts by participating in a variety of science puzzles. They assess three main sections: living things, solids, liquids and/or gas and the Earth time and sound. Each section includes a wordsearch and a crossword puzzle with twenty key words for each area.
In this grouping puzzles worksheet, 7th graders solve and complete 8 different problems that include grouping in various puzzles. First, they read the clues given in each box to solve the puzzle. Then, students create their own puzzle using the ones on the sheet as a guide.
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.
Students write and give clear and concise directions to assemble a simple, teacher made puzzle. They attempt to follow directions given by fellow students to piece together the puzzles.
Students complete several science puzzles, a word search and a crossword puzzle, that consist of a selection of twenty key words for each area in science covered. They experience three sections within this module: the state of matter and light, electricity and forces.
It's no secret that being able to competently use a calculator is an important skill. In this math activity, 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 activity which help with the exploration of these concepts.
Students explore number patterns and relationships using a calculator. They create puzzles and solve puzzles and explain their strategies for solving their puzzles.
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.
Students explore geometric shapes through tangram puzzles. They choose a picture and use all seven tangram pieces to fill in the outline while describing what the figures look like when they are transformed through rotations or flips.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of a watershed and explore the vocabulary terms related to ir. They define the terms and then compile them into the form of puzzle pieces and distribute the pieces to other members of the class and put them together into a master class puzzle.
In this science worksheet, students participate in an Earth Day activity by completing a crossword puzzle. Students read each clue. The answer which fits in the puzzle is provided in a scrambled word form. Students unscramble the words and complete the crossword puzzle.
In these number puzzles worksheets, learners place eight numbers from 1-9 into the small diamonds so they can be added around and along the big and small diamonds to reach 20 each time. Students complete a second worksheet where they join the numbers horizontally or vertically so that they can make a continuous path for the twelve numbers that add to 174.
Students sketch and give a title to a painting which they are given a small detail of. In this painting lesson plan, students share their titles and try to determine the theme and subject of the full painting based on these clues. At the end of class the students put their details together like a puzzle to create a reproduction of the painting.
Seventh graders are shown a small puzzle. They are explained that without all the pieces, a puzzle is not complete. Students are explained that the same principle applies to the world of work. They are also explained that each person who provides a service or who produces a product depends on others to make the process complete.
In this word puzzle activity, students complete 4 separate activities. There are 2 word searches, a drawing activity, and a word scramble.

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