I’m back today with a fun, new puzzle called The Splice is Right Puzzle.
This puzzle is from the book Test Your Math IQ by Steve Ryan. I was able to borrow the book for free from the Internet Archive’s online lending library. I highly recommend this site for checking out various books before you commit to buying a copy!
The goal of The Splice is Right Puzzle is to splice the given six clips of film in this puzzle to produce one fifteen-frame short feature. The final result must be a strip which presents a mathematically logical number sequence.
For example, 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5, 6, 7 is a logical sequence because you add one to each term to get the next term. 1, 7, 10, 70, 73 would also be a logical sequence. In this case, I would repeatedly multiply by 7 and add 3 to continue the sequence.
Here are the six clips of film you are given to work with in The Splice is Right Puzzle:
I printed and laminated the film strips to create a classroom version.
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!
In a normal year, I would put the puzzle on my dry erase board and place disc magnets on the back of each of the pieces of film.
I think this puzzle should be easily adapted to the virtual setting as well. I will update this post with any digital versions that are shared with me.
Digital Version of The Splice is Right Puzzle
Kathy Henderson has created a digital version of The Splice is Right Puzzle in Desmos Activity Builder.
The Splice is Right Puzzle Download
Want even more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page!
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.