Puzzles are a great way to develop mathematical habits of mind and logical reasoning. SolveMe puzzles focuses on supporting algebraic and mathematical thinking in a fun way. With each of these puzzles, Mobiles, Who Am I?, and Mystery Grid, students are able to explore different ways to solve them using logic and reasoning. These puzzles allow students to track their progress in solving them.
Mobiles involve find the values of different shapes in a balance. Students learn how to use substitution, elimination, and other strategies to solve these problems in an informal way. By doing these problems, students are developing the reasoning to help solve more traditional algebraic equations.
Who Am I?
Who Am I? puzzles have students figure out a mystery number. Through a series of clues, student figure out the mystery number. These clues reinforce the math vocabulary students have learned.
MysteryGrid puzzles are similar to KenKen. Using clues, students need to figure out where numbers go in the grid.
Where’s the math? These puzzles encourage mathematical habits of mind. The SolveMe puzzles help students develop algebraic reasoning. For Who Am I? puzzles, students use mathematical vocabulary to find a mystery number. In MysteryGrid, students use logic and reasoning to determine where different values belong in the grid.
What grade level? 2nd to 12th+ and some younger students might enjoy these as well
Here are more puzzles that from EDC’s Transition to Algebra puzzle sampler that you can send hom.
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