Each book in the series is organized into three pieces: Puzzles, Tutorials, and Answers. We suggest that you print off the puzzles (pages 7 through 36). 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.
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 student through the solution process of that particular puzzle. We think all the tutorials are essential, but the later tutorials in this book are especially important.
Answers: The answers to all thirty puzzles are found in this section, which is placed at the very end of the book.
What is new in Level 3?
In Level 1 and Level 2, the puzzles each contained three categories with three items in each category. Now, in Level 3, all puzzles contain three categories with four items in each category. This allows for greater variation in the types of clues available. Towards the end of the book, the increase in complexity is noticeable.
The Type 5 puzzles in this book can be tricky for a young puzzle solver, so we encourage you to work through the tutorial for Puzzle 5A slowly with your child. It introduces a useful trick, as well as a new type of clue involving exclusive alternatives. These things will pop up again in later books in the series.