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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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I love using IQ Circle Puzzles in my classroom on the first day of school to teach my students about the importance of having a growth mindset. IQ Circle Puzzles are meant to be used as a party favor. My mom happened upon this entire box of these puzzles at a garage sale for a …

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31-derful is fun and easy-to-implement group problem solving activity that is a perfect activity for the first day or week of school. The only supplies needed to implement this activity is a deck of playing cards for each group. I used the 31-derful activity with my Algebra 1 students for the first day of school. …

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