All of the pages of this 48 page geometry resource are solved like magic squares, requiring critical thinking and problem solving skills while at the same time learning about geometric shapes. Number tiles are positioned so that the total of the tiles on each line of the polygon add up to be the same sum. The designated sum for the shape is written on each page as well as the specific number tiles to be used. Most of the geometric puzzles have more than one answer; so, students are challenged to find a variety of solutions.
Before each set of activities, the geometry vocabulary used for that group of activities is listed. Most definitions include diagrams and/or illustrations. In this way, the students can learn and understand new math words without difficulty or cumbersome words.
Ten number tiles are required for each of these 21 puzzles. The students use each number tile only once to solve each activity. However, some of the activities will not require the use of all ten tiles; so, reading and following the directions before beginning each geometric puzzle is imperative. Answer recording sheets are provided for the student as well as possible solutions for the teacher. A Number Tile Keeper in addition to a blackline of the number tiles is located at the end of this 48 page resource.
Since the students do not write in the book, the pages can be copied and laminated so that they can be used from year to year. These activities may be placed at a table for math practice. Allow the students to choose one of the math-a-magical puzzle pages to do as seatwork, to complete at a math center, or to finish when their work is done.
These activities vary in levels of difficulty. Because the pages are not arranged in any particular order, the students are free to skip around in the book. Download the preview page to see samples of the Geometric Math-a-Magical Puzzles. All of these activities are especially suitable for the visual and/or kinesthetic learner.
Here are some other number tile activities available at my store:
Number Tiles – Problem Solving Math Activities for Grades 5-8
The A, B, C's of Number Tiles
Number Tiles – Hands On Math Activities for the Primary Grades
You can also purchase the Number Tile Bundle to save money:
Number Tiles Math Bundle – 57 Problem Solving/Critical Thinking Math Activities Using Number Tiles