Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

ML has puzzles too

This discussion is part of a collection:Great Sources of Rich Problems

Educators looking for puzzles that enhance thinking, problem-solving, math concepts and skills, can also check out the Interactive Puzzle classroom collection. A hands-on puzzle collection is also in the works.

What things do you consider in selecting a puzzle to incorporate in your lesson?


When selecting a puzzle to use in my classroom I always look for differentiation options. I know some kids are "natural" puzzle solvers, while others may get frustrated easily. Sometimes this means that the students get different puzzles that aim at the same skill, so we would have puzzle a, b, or c or a pink, blue, or green sheet.