I typed this puzzle up before Christmas, but I only finally got around to laminating it today and cutting out the pieces during my Google Meet Office Hours. Sadly, no students stopped in to ask questions today.
MATH = LOVE RECOMMENDS…
A laminator is a MUST-HAVE for me as a math teacher! I spent my first six years as a teacher at a school with a broken laminator, so I had to find a way to laminate things myself.
I’ve had several laminators over the years. I currently use a Scotch laminator at home and a Swingline laminator at school.
I highly recommend splurging a bit on the actual laminator and buying the cheapest laminating pouches you can find!
I have to admit that I haven’t solved this puzzle YET. I played around for the pieces for a bit, but then I decided I have much more important things on my to do list to accomplish today like updating grades, taking virtual attendance, and contacting a few parents of virtual students who are falling behind.
Update: I did have one student who managed to solve the eight checkered l’s puzzle. He was so proud of himself, especially because he worked on it for DAYS.
Free Download of Eight Checkered L’s Puzzle
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 email@example.com with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.