# 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")

# Puzzle Match

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.