The following brainteasers are not exactly like questions you see on standardized tests. However, there are a lot of similarities. Now that tests are more rigorous and require a higher level thought process, students need to take time thinking through questions and reading more carefully. Students are often impulsive and do not read carefully. They miss either what the question is asking or they miss tiny, yet important details. Also, they are easily thrown off by the distracter answer.
These cards can also be used as brain challenges. Brain research shows us that doing things that are challenging grows new neurons and actually grows your brain. These cards will give students a challenge and force them to stick to a task and really think it through.
The majority of these brain teasers are actually pretty simple to figure out. However, our brains get tricked because we think we know the simple answer and usually it's because we missed a very tiny detail that changes everything. So pay attention!
This set consists of 44 task cards. They can be used for small group or independent activities.