16 Puzzles with Answer Document and Answer Key
This activity can be used as a Guided Math station for the primary support of 3 different concepts. When I used this in my classroom, they students responded with a lot of enthusiasm and excited and I found it amusing that they chose to start on a card that had some of their favorite emoji’s. Below is my analysis of the activity and the concepts that are remediated as the students engage in the task cards.
Algebraic Reasoning: By trying to solve each of the puzzles, the students are actually enhancing their ability to think algebraically. They begin to understand the equivalency that results when using the same variable. They also must the substitution method for solving equations; wen a value is determined it must be substituted back into the equation in order for the students to determine the end result.
Order of Operations: Some of the task cards include parenthesis to emphasize the application of order of operations.
Representations for multiplication and division: Additionally, as I assembled the problems, I tried to include different representations for multiplication and division so they had the opportunity to develop fluency with this concept.