Puzzles 1 and 2 contain the same exponential expressions with rational exponents and answers, except Puzzle 2 has no distracting answers or exponential expressions along the edges. Notice that “RATIONAL EXPONENT” is spelled out VERICALLY BACKWARDS on both puzzles when the puzzle is completed correctly.
There are several ways you can make a puzzle for students to solve. Cut the squares apart. You can either give students all 16 pieces from
Puzzle 1 or Puzzle 2 or you can switch half the outside pieces with their corresponding piece from the other puzzle. By interchanging half the outside pieces you can make a more difficult puzzle easier.