This is an investigative activity where students are given evidence (assumed true) and asked to fill in the missing information in a logic grid.
Small Group Work
Problem of the Week
1 Logic Puzzle Worksheet
1 Answer Key
Students will compare deductive and inductive arguments.
Students will construct deductive arguments.
Students will evaluate inductive reasoning.
There is a short prompt introducing the situation regarding 5 neighborhood blocks and then students are asked the question:
Can you figure out the name of each block, the color of its
houses, and the number of people that live there?
Students are then given 7 clues to help them determine the facts. There is enough information to fill out the entire grid and answer the question without any guesswork at all.
This is a good worksheet to include in a geometry unit, while students are learning how to construct proofs by making deductions based on given evidence.
However, this lesson enhances logic and linear thinking so it can be used at any time in the year! Give your students this worksheet after a test or for an extra credit assignment. It will reinforces the 8 mathematical practices, specifically MP.1 and MP.3 since students will need to make sense of the problem and persevere through the challenges when they get stuck. They will also need to construct arguments using logical reasoning. In the past, my students had to make a claim about an answer and defend it to their group. It can be a great collaborative tool to promote mathematical discussion in the classroom.
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