Earth Day Recycling Logic Puzzles for Critical Thinking Skills Development

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Grade Levels
6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Two brain teasers that ask students to determine the number of cans & letters recycled and solve a "secret message" about the environment. Includes both pdf and Google Doc versions. Great for: online or in-person, bellringers, enrichment, transitions, or as a part of a sub-plan. Could be used on Earth Day in any class, or any time in an earth science / ecology or environmental studies class.

The "Easel Activity" has been created for you - NO PREP - just assign because all of the answer boxes have been created for you and your students! If you find that your students would rather do the solving on paper but you are teaching remotely, have them solve the puzzles on their own scrap paper and then use the digital activity to turn in their answers. Easy-Peasey!

The recycling logic puzzle is included in a larger packet of ten logic puzzles I offer. The packet is a 50% savings over buying each puzzle "ala cart." You can find the packet here: Logic and Critical Thinking Puzzles

This is a moderately challenging logic puzzle, using clues that require logical thinking and addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers. It's probably best suited for grades 6 - 9, but you know your students better than anyone...with a few clues here and there, younger students could enjoy this puzzle too. Older students enjoy the challenge as well - it just doesn't take them as long to figure it out :)

The cryptogram gives just enough clues to be solvable without having to do a lot of guessing. I find that some of my students prefer "cryptogram logic" more than the traditional logic puzzles (probably future "Words with Friends" players :-) ), so I always have plenty of each kind ready to use.

The recycling puzzle is created with three different page styles: 1 is " 2 up" to save paper, one with blank space at the bottom for students to show their thinking, and another with a grid for students that use the process of elimination to solve logic puzzles.

An answer key is provided along with a guide to solving word problems is included. The preview file shows one example of the recycling puzzle and the cryptogram as well.

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