This product is a set of three differentiated puzzles for solving linear equations. All three puzzles require students to solve linear equations using one-step, two-steps, distributive property, and/or deal with variables on both sides. Students cut out the 16 squares of a 4 by 4 grid. Each puzzle asks students to put the 16 squares together by matching equations and solutions to make a block letter I. There is a symbol on each puzzle to put in the upper left corner to get students started and help teachers check student work.
Each puzzle has a different level of difficulty. For example, the puzzle with high challenge will have more fractions in the equations. I chose to differentiate my puzzles because while all students were engaged with the puzzles, some students finished quickly while others did not finish. Having puzzles with different levels of equations allows me to challenge all students.
I usually have students cut out the pieces individually and show their work on a piece of paper that they turn in with their puzzle. You could also prepare the pieces ahead of time by copying them on card stock and cutting them out. I copy the 3 keys and can easily check students' work by comparing my key with their puzzles. The different symbols in the upper left corner make this easier. Students are always excited when they are finished and anxious to know if they have put the puzzle together correctly.