Klingon Attack gives students practice factoring as they try to save the earth from Klingons. The puzzle is deep so the addition of the Klingon story-line is not the only thing that will engage children.
I'll offer $100 for an example of the problem in the classroom. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org should be photographs or stories. The best will be added to this pdf file so that other classrooms can enjoy. All photographs with people must have appropriate consent. The winning classroom will be announced the first March 14th that I have at least 10 submissions from different schools. I hope this will be March 14th, 2016.
Standards for Mathematical Practice:
All MathPickle puzzles including Klingon Attack 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:
Klingon Attack targets the following grade 4-6 Common Core State Standards:
Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1-100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1-100 is prime or composite.
Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself.
Fluently divide multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm.
Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
Find the greatest common factor of two whole numbers less than or equal to 100