Beauty and mathematics are inseparable. In this puzzle we use the beauty of beetles to inspire k-2 students to find and discuss patterns.
The puzzles are meant to be projected and solved as a whole class through argument and consensus. For kindergarten students 15 minutes of Beetle Sort is perfect. There are enough puzzles here to do this several times.
Standards for Mathematical Practice:
All MathPickle puzzles including Beetle Sort are guaranteed to engage a wide spectrum of student abilities while targeting the following Standards for Mathematical Practice:
MP1 Toughen up!
This is problem solving where our students develop grit and resiliency in the face of nasty, thorny problems. It is the most sought after skill for our students.
MP3 Work together!
This is collaborative problem solving in which students discuss their strategies to solve a problem and identify missteps in a failed solution. MathPickle recommends pairing up students for all its puzzles.
MP6 Be precise!
This is where our students learn to communicate using precise terminology. MathPickle encourages students not only to use the precise terms of others, but to invent and rigorously define their own terms.
MP7 Be observant!
One of the things that the human brain does very well is identify pattern. We sometimes do this too well and identify patterns that don't really exist.
Common Core State Standards:
Beetle Sort targets the following kindergarten to grade 2 Common Core State Standards:
Classify objects into given categories.
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
Recognize shapes having specified attributes.