The biggest challenge I’ve noticed with students working with greatest common factor and least common multiple is getting the two mixed up when working with both. In this self-checking activity, students will match problems with solutions to create the 4x4 puzzle. The beauty of it being self-checking lies in that students will notice very quickly if they have wrong answers when the puzzle won’t go together.
This activity requires NO teacher prep!!!
Download includes THREE versions for instant differentiation for average learners, those still struggling with their skill, and those in need of a bit of a challenge!
This self-checking activity both strengthens essential computation and pre-algebra skills and reinforces logical thinking and problem solving skills.
Students simply cut out the 16 pieces and start solving. I have my students glue their finished puzzle down onto a piece of construction paper but it could be printed on card stock, cut out, and laminated for a station activity that will last year after year.
The best strategy for solving is to take one center piece (no blank edges), solve one of the two problems on it, and match up its answer. Continue to build off the central puzzle matching problems and answers until its completion. Students will be tempted to just make matched pairs (which is fine) but it does seem to take longer to piece it all together when they do it that way.
Be sure to check out:
My other Square Puzzle QuestsCSI-like Detective Quest: Pythagorean Theorem
Other pre-algebra topics:
Basic Operations with Integers1 step Equations using positive integersCombining Like Terms in Algebraic ExpressionsEvaluating Expressions with Substitution
Other Math Topics:
Long Division: One Digit DivisorsOrder of Operations: Positive IntegersLong Division: Two Digit Divisors
REVENGE! The review game:
Equations and Inequalities Unit Review
Fun Science Activities:
Population Relationships Scavenger HuntBiomes and Succession Scavenger Hunt
More are added daily! If you have a request for a topic, please contact me. I can have it for you asap!
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