# 5 Piece Pentomino Square Puzzle

This pentomino square puzzle will test your spatial reasoning skills as you work to assemble the five pentominoes into the provided square grid.

Previously, I have shared a collection of 13 free printable pentominoes challenges. This individual puzzle is substantially easier than those challenges and the animal shaped pentomino puzzles I have shared here on the blog. This would make a great first introduction to pentominoes for students!

## Instructions

Place the five provided pentomino pieces on the provided grid to form a 5×5 square. The pentomino pieces may be rotated or flipped, but the pieces may not overlap one another.

## Puzzle Source

This puzzle is from a collection of 199 different mathematical puzzles offered as a free download from IREM de Lyon. This is a top-notch puzzle resource if you speak French.

I sadly do not speak French, but I was able to use the Google Translate app to translate quite a few of the puzzle instructions in order to use them in my classroom. Other puzzles I typed up from this same resource is the U Sums Puzzle, Magic H Puzzle, Lines of 3 Puzzle, 4 x 4 Checkered Square Puzzle, Equal Sums Puzzle, Square Sums Puzzle, Product Square Puzzle, and the popular Loops Puzzle.

This specific puzzle is #1 – Les cinq pièces vertes.

## Printing and Prepping the Puzzle

This puzzle is designed to print on letter-sized 8.5 x 11 inch paper, but you could easily scale it to print on A4 paper as well.

When printed on letter-sized paper, you have the option of cutting out the five pentomino pieces for students to use when solving the puzzle or using pentomino pieces from a set of plastic pentominoes made up of 1 inch squares.

MATH = LOVE RECOMMENDS…

Amazon offers several brands of plastic pentominoes which I recommend. Each brand is sold in a tub containing six sets of twelve pentominoes each for a total of 72 pentomino pieces.

Want each student to have their own set of pentominoes? I also offer a set of free printable one-inch pentominoes pieces which can be laminated or printed on cardstock for durability.

If you are printing the pentomino pieces, I suggest printing on a heavier weight of paper such as cardstock for durability. You can also print on a regular weight paper such as Astrobrights and laminate it before cutting out the pieces.

I used this puzzle last year in my classroom as one of my Puzzles of the Week. I prepared several copies of the puzzle and hung it on my dry erase board using a Charles Leonard magnetic pocket which I picked up from Amazon. They have been a real game-changer in my classroom organization!

## Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.