## North East South West Puzzle

Just a quick puzzle post today to share the north east south west puzzle with you because it’s already past my bedtime! This has been a crazy week because I’ve been spending almost all of my spare time prepping for a 2.5 hour workshop I’m giving this Saturday on interactive notebooks. The participants will actually …

## Ducks and Snakes Puzzle by Erich Friedman

Today I would like to introduce you to the Ducks and Snakes Puzzle from Erich Friedman. Yesterday marked the first Monday of the second semester. This meant it was time to put out a new puzzle on the puzzle table. I have a table in my classroom where I set out a different puzzle each …

## Decorate the Tree Christmas Puzzle

Today I’m sharing my first ever original puzzle. I’m calling it the Decorate the Tree Puzzle. It’s officially the first day of Christmas Break here in the Carter household. So far, I’ve celebrated by doing the standard dishes and laundry, watching a Christmas movie as well as silly get out of debt reality shows on …

## Pyramid Challenge Puzzle

Today I want to share with you the Pyramid Challenge Puzzle. Last week, we tackled the color square puzzle from Puzzle Box, Volume 1. This book is my current top recommendation for teachers who are looking to incorporate more puzzles into their classroom. Or, maybe you want a challenge yourself. What I love about this …

## Color Square Puzzle

Today’s post about the Color Square Puzzle will probably be short because I’m currently battling a sore throat. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this is due to allergies and not an impending cold.   Yesterday, I put out this week’s new puzzle. I have a table at the front of my room that is designated …

## Panda Squares Puzzle

My first introduction to the Panda Squares Puzzle was from one of my favorite inspiration sources: Twitter! I saw a tweet by Jenny Leake that sparked my curiosity. This curiosity led me to do a google search. I was pleasantly surprised to find David Butler‘s blog at the top of the search results. From his …

## Perfect Square Puzzle

Last week, I came across a fun perfect square puzzle. Place a set of numbers in a row such that adjacent pairs of numbers always sum to a perfect square. I decided to create a version of the perfect square puzzle for my students to try who finished their 9 weeks test early. To keep …

## Post-It Note Puzzle

Today I want to share one of my favorite puzzles that I used with my students last year. It involves one of my favorite things in the world, Post It Notes! I learned about this puzzle from Chris Smith‘s amazing maths newsletter. If you’re not signed up to receive his newsletters, you need to do …

## Skyscraper Puzzles

In February, Mary Bourassa wrote a blog post about Skyscraper Puzzles.  As soon as I read the post, I knew I needed to use this puzzle in my classroom.  I even sent my husband a link, gushing about how amazing these puzzles were! The puzzles from the brainbashers.com website weren’t quite the right size to …

## Build It Activity

Build It is a cooperative, team building activity that encourages students to work together, communicate, and think logically as they construct a geometric object to satisfy a set of given clues. If you’re looking to work on vocabulary, this activity introduces/reinforces words such as “face” and “edge.” I learned about Build It from Stanford’s website.  The …