These types of puzzles are great for :
- diagnostic testing of student skills
- on-going practice and review
- formative testing
- rewarding those students who have completed their work
- extending for those students who have mastered prerequisite skills
This puzzle can apply to so many different ages and ability levels. Students start learning coins around age 6-7 but I’ve even used this puzzle in Grade 10 Workplace Math! The kids love it! Consider using this puzzle as an energizer to start a unit, in Math Centers, as additional practice in-class or lend out for at-home practice.
Having made and cut out so many of these puzzles in my career, I recommend laminating the puzzles. The paper will hold up better and the students tend to show more respect. Since the coins are black and white you can really make this puzzle pop by printing it on colored paper. I store my puzzles in large zip-lock bags in my binder (put duct tape on the bottom and hole-punch) and keep the solutions in a sheet protector.
This puzzle pack contains 1 puzzle in 3 sizes. Choose the size that best suits your needs. The normal size will fit on a child’s desk and is nice if the student is working independently or with a partner. The coins print out smaller than real coins but the file is high-resolution so your students can still read the coins well. The larger size will fit on a large table and works well for up to 3 students; the coins print out slightly smaller than real coins. The largest size is meant for 1-5 students and should be solved on the carpet or on a large table; the coins print out a bit larger than real coins.
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