This 59 page book is organized into three pieces: Puzzles, Tutorials, and Answers. We suggest that you print off the puzzle (pages 6-35). If your student has been exposed to logic grid puzzles before, then they might be able to jump right into the puzzles, though the tutorials are still highly recommended. But if you’re dealing with a first-time puzzle solver, we think the tutorials are essential. As the teacher, make sure your student thoroughly understands the information in the tutorials.
Puzzles: There are five types of puzzles, with six puzzles of each type, making a total of thirty puzzles. Each of the puzzle examples within a given type uses the exact same logical structure for its clues. The story, categories, and objects are all different, and the order of the clues is varied for each puzzle example, but the logic is the same. The idea is that once your student figures out how to solve the first puzzle in a given type, they will then have five more puzzles to reinforce the process. The types are ordered according to increasing difficulty, though they are all at a beginner level. All puzzles are limited to three categories each, with three items in each category. Puzzles and clues involving order are not included in this book (for example, figuring out the number of stories in three different buildings with clues like “Building B is taller than Building A”). We feel that those types of puzzles and clues are slightly more difficult. Therefore, they are not dealt with until Level Two.
Tutorials: In this section, which is placed right after the thirty puzzles, there is a tutorial available for the first puzzle of each type. The tutorials walk the child through the solution process of that particular puzzle. The first tutorial is for Puzzle 1A, and is very basic. It explains how to glean information from the clues, and record that information in the logic grid, using ü’s and X’s. Our daughter read the tutorials and thought they made sense. But remember, we had already talked with our daughter about logic grids and how to fill them out. So you might want to read them yourself, and then go through them with your student. It all depends on the child – individual reading level, what they’ve been exposed to previously, etc. The first tutorial, due to its minimal assumptions and very basic content, is naturally longer than the later tutorials.
Answers: The answers to all thirty puzzles are found in this section, which is placed at the very end of the book.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.