Magic squares puzzles and other number puzzles are great fun to solve, but this study takes the student further by investigating the inner workings of the puzzles.
The investigation begins with notice and exploration. In noticing, student observation skills are honed. In exploration, students begin to see the inner workings by changing parts of the puzzle. In the comparison of puzzles, students notice more about the inner workings.
After in-depth discussions and manipulation of the magic square puzzles and other number puzzles, students have the opportunity to create their own puzzles.
For more about this puzzle study and the student's journey, see this blog post here:
Magic Square Puzzle Student Investigation
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Gentle Puzzle Solving Strategy
This is great for developing justification, reasoning and problem-solving skills.