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Patterns and Pentominoes
Students solve pentomino puzzles. In this problem solving activity, students discuss how pentomino puzzles play into the plot of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and practice solving a pentomino puzzle on their own. Students will then work in teams solving pentomino puzzles and write written directions on how they solved their puzzle.
2nd - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 31 Downloads
Putting It All Together
Students examine a painting. In this shapes and puzzle lesson, students view Guston's painting Blue Water and identify the colors, shapes and recognizable forms. Students work in groups to put together puzzle pieces of the painting.
Pre-K - K Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
A Tale With Tangrams
Students practice geometric and spatial principles through the creation of a tangram puzzle. They describe and identify shapes by folding them into the pieces necessary to complete a tangram. Students attempt to assemble their tangrams and create an additional set based on information contained in a story read in class.
4th - 6th Math 12 Views 40 Downloads
Learners 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.
6th - 8th Science 16 Views 101 Downloads
Introduction to tangrams
Third graders explore how shapes have parts and those parts have relationships which leads to dissection and reassembly and ultimately to the concept of congruence. They identify, describe and compare congruent 2-dimensional geometric figures by cutting out a tangram puzzle.
3rd Math 19 Views 36 Downloads
Students create DNA models. Using puzzle pieces to represent the parts of a DNA strand, they put together a segment of DNA. Once everyone has completed their individual strand, they being linking with other students using tape. Class strands can be laminated and hung from the ceiling.
7th - 8th Science 7 Views 68 Downloads
Three Scale Drawing Activities
In this scale drawing activity, students complete three different scale drawing activities. One activity is making a scale drawing, one involves answering questions from a given scale drawing, and one is a cross-number puzzle. The answers are provided.
7th - 10th Math 11 Views 183 Downloads
It All Adds Up
Students practice addition and thinking skills by solving number puzzles. They exercise their addition skills in order to fill in missing numbers so that all columns, rows, and diagonals add up to the number in the squares along the right and bottom edges of the puzzles.
3rd - 5th Math 3 Views 7 Downloads
Piece Like a River
Students investigate water formations by creating a puzzle. In this water properties lesson, students create a giant river puzzle by drawing on large butcher paper as a class, then dividing the image up into many pieces. Students read text about the Midwest in the mid 1800's and the water troubles they had.
6th - 7th Science 3 Views 7 Downloads
Living and Non-Living Things in the Water
Students analyze biology by completing puzzles in class. In this Earth science lesson, students identify the different types of organisms and animals that live in the water by examining photographs and objects taken from aquatic environments.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 21 Views 101 Downloads
Puzzle it Out
Young scholars study the Earth's climatic system and construct a puzzle that names all of the pieces of the components involved. In this Climate lesson, students draw a picture on a puzzle piece depicting a specific component. Young scholars then research their piece and explain it to the class.
4th - 6th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Improving Deductive Reasoning Skills
Getting young mathematicians to persevere when solving problems is an important skill. Here is one way to introduce deductive logic puzzles at the beginning of the year and add a creative dimension that they can use throughout the course.
5th - 10th Math 8 Views 34 Downloads