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Critical Thinking Equation Brain Puzzles CCSS MP.3

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Brain puzzles are one of my favorite ways to informally introduce mathematical reasoning sprinkled with a tiny hint of proofs. They get kids talking about the WHY of numbers and give them practice defending their ideas. If there’s a mistake, it’s a perfect space for conversation. I also love that one problem can result in multiple answers! They are a great way to meet the Standards for Mathematical Practice, particularly MP.3.

What’s Included in this Download?
★ 20 critical thinking puzzles available to print in any size you choose
★ color and black & white printing options
★ response sheets
★ answer key

How do I use this in my classroom?
These cards can be used in so many ways! I particularly enjoy using these cards in centers, small groups, or on indoor recess days. I also like to show one class wide when we have a few extra minutes, but not necessarily enough time to start a whole new subject.

How does this product help meet the CCSS standards?
MP.3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
A perfect way for students to discuss their answers, how they got them, and if there are any other possible solutions!

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To view the standards, please visit The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice here.
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53 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Mathematically proficient students understand and use stated assumptions, definitions, and previously established results in constructing arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. They are able to analyze situations by breaking them into cases, and can recognize and use counterexamples. They justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They reason inductively about data, making plausible arguments that take into account the context from which the data arose. Mathematically proficient students are also able to compare the effectiveness of two plausible arguments, distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and-if there is a flaw in an argument-explain what it is. Elementary students can construct arguments using concrete referents such as objects, drawings, diagrams, and actions. Such arguments can make sense and be correct, even though they are not generalized or made formal until later grades. Later, students learn to determine domains to which an argument applies. Students at all grades can listen or read the arguments of others, decide whether they make sense, and ask useful questions to clarify or improve the arguments.


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