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Quadratic Area Puzzles

I am really liking these quadratic area puzzles from Chritsopher (Bow Tie Teacher on twitter) that are posted for free on TES. They are inspired by Naoki Inaba‘s Area Maze puzzles with a quadratic spin on things.

For next year, I think I would like to do some sort of activity at the beginning of the year with the original area maze puzzles. Then, I would like to introduce these puzzles during our quadratics unit. After solving these puzzles, I would like to challenge my students to create their own!

I’m blogging about this plan so I don’t forget!

quadratic area puzzles
Image Source: Chritsopher on TES
quadratic area puzzles
Image Source: Chritsopher on TES
quadratic area puzzles
Image Source: Chritsopher on TES

The fourth puzzle is so large that I had trouble downsizing it enough to take a screenshot. It definitely shows up better in the Word document posted to TES!

quadratic area puzzles
Image Source: Chritsopher on TES

Digital Version of Quadratic Area Puzzles

Kathy Henderson has shared a digital version of these quadratic area puzzles in Desmos Activity Builder.

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not 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.

Thomas Powell

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Most of my students enjoyed these puzzles. They are kind of fun to make also.