Dot-to-Dot Middle Path Puzzles give students practice measuring and eyeballing distances. Correct comparisons result in the student creating a picture. These pictures are not as obvious as standard dot-to-dot so there is a real feeling of discovery. One of MathPickle's top puzzle designs.
Standards for Mathematical Practice:
All MathPickle puzzles including Dot-to-Dot Middle Path Puzzles 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:
Dot-to-Dot Middle Path Puzzles targets the following grade 2-3 Common Core State Standards:
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons