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In this summer puzzle worksheet, students cut out puzzle pieces of 2 children on a sailboat, then mix the pieces up and put the puzzle back together.
In this fruit word search worksheet, students analyze 15 words in a word bank that are names of fruits. Students find these in a word search puzzle.
Students work in groups to solve a variety of puzzling activities which include math, spelling, anagrams, and geography. They use cooperative skill to accomplish each task and chart their group progress.
Students solve pentomino puzzles.  In this problem solving lesson, 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.
Young scholars examine a painting.  In this shapes and puzzle lesson, students view Guston's painting Blue Water and identify the colors, shapes and recognizable forms.  Young scholars work in groups to put together puzzle pieces of the painting.  Students use Lego pieces to create structures similar to those in the painting.
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.
Students 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. Terms that students encounter include gene; chromosome; DNA; pedigree; genotype; phenotype; dominant; and recessive.
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.
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.
In this scale drawing learning exercise, 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.
Here's a fun way to explore and practice the concepts of multiplying monomials, multiplying binomials, and factoring polynomials. Included is the puzzle worksheet containing nine different sets. Don't worry, there's an answer key also.
Students discuss tangram vocabulary, and act out slide, flip, and turn. They observe tangram puzzles on a web page, and solve their own tangram puzzles.
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.
Students make a work puzzle using air quality vocabulary. In this air quality vocabulary lesson, students design a word puzzle using a teacher designated number of vocabulary words. They peer edit the puzzles with their classmates.
Pupils 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.  Pupils read text about the Midwest in the mid 1800's and the water troubles they had.
Students 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. Students then research their piece and explain it to the class. Students then  discuss how the pieces of the puzzle fit together and how changes in puzzle will continue to be altered due to global climatic change.
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. Students complete a science worksheet and puzzles based on freshwater and saltwater life.
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. 
Students define vocabulary words using print or online dictionaries; create crossword puzzles with those words and definitions; and share their puzzles with peers for review.
Students discuss the meaning of a variety of common phrases. As a class, they are tested on how to use those phrases. They participate in a puzzle game in which they are given a statement to describe the phrase and they are to say it as it would be said to others. To end the lesson, they develop their own sayings to be used in the game.

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