Math in a Minute: Puzzle Edition
Volume 3 Issue 16
January 29th: National Puzzle Day
Here are some great ways to incorporate puzzles into your math time.
Crossword Puzzles without Words
Crossword puzzles don't always have to be words. Why not use numbers? Learners can put numbers in the blocks. Some digits will overlap, just like in a real crossword puzzle!
EducationWorld.com has many great math crosswords already created for you to use or look at.
Self Check using Puzzles
- angle measurement (ex: match "<" with "45 degrees")
- definitions (ex: match "the result of adding numbers together" with "sum")
- attributes of shapes (ex: match "2D figure, 3 sides" with "triangle")
- multiplication facts (ex: match "3 x 4" with "12")
- objects and their measurements (ex: match "5 in." with "scissors")
- measurement conversions (ex: match "12 inches" with "1 foot")
These puzzles allow learners to match numbers that have a sum of 20. Educators can create a self checking method by drawing a picture on the back of the puzzle before cutting the individual squares.
Click here for an example of a puzzle that can be edited to fit your needs.
Puzzles for Sequencing
- Fractions in order from least to greatest
- Decimals in order from least to greatest
- Money in order from least amount to greatest amount (ex: 2 pennies, 3 dimes, 2 quarters)
Math Mystery Puzzles
Scholastic provides math mystery puzzles at different levels. The story asks math questions in order to solve the mystery. There are different level mysteries, various topics/skills required, and there is an audio function for those who are not ready to read the entire passage. These mysteries can promote various thinking skills and reasoning.