Looking for a unique way to review the PROPERTIES of ALGEBRA?
Looking for ways to engage students?
In need of a great activity to leave for a substitute?
Students love puzzles, especially sudoku puzzles. This activity involves a “Pseudo-Ku.” Pseudo meaning “not genuine, a sham.” This doesn’t mean that there is anything false about this activity. It just doesn’t start with numbers, so it appears to be a Sudoku, hence a pseudosudoku (that is a mouthful).
Starting with a set of ten properties words, the students must first complete the matching activity, matching properties to examples/definitions.
Then, they use the number/letter pairs to substitute into the Pseudo-ku template. Lastly, they solve the puzzle using the basic rules of sudoku.
There are many advantages to doing puzzles in math class, especially Sudoku, a game of logic, critical thinking and making decisions based upon available evidence.
Sudoku is a game that rewards students who have good attention to detail – who notice patterns, spot opportunities, and find the right moment to make a move. Promoting students’ attention to detail can help math students become orderly and methodical thinkers. They will be thinking strategically and solving creatively.
AND Pseudo-ku gives students a sense of accomplishment when they can solve a puzzle, especially one they find difficult.
AND they review vocabulary too!
This resource is also found in the bundles. . .
MATH VOCABULARY TEN pseudo-ku puzzles
PROPERTIES of Real Numbers - bundle of FIVE activities
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