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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**Any claims of use, support, correlation or alignment to the CCSS Standards are solely those of 6th Grade Marks the Spot and have not been evaluated nor endorsed by CCSS. 6th Grade Marks the Spot is the sole creator of this product and does not claim endorsement or association with the creators of the CCSS standards.
To view the standards, please visit The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice here.