How we use this in the classroom:
Picture Puzzles are a great way to help challenge students and review skills and concepts that have already been taught. These puzzles can be done in whole group, small group, or even used as a center activity. It could be a great review before a quiz or even used as an assessment itself. There are so many ways to use each puzzle.
This picture puzzle is for PLURALS and POSSESSIVES. (You know you have students who add that apostrophe just because they think it looks right.) The puzzle contains 20 sentences in which the students must decide if the correct word to be used is a plural or a possessive. If the students form the puzzle correctly, the finished product is a square composed of 16 triangles.
This product comes with multiple options that can be used to differentiate and extend the review.
Page 1 - Teacher Prep Option
This page contains the completed puzzle and requires teacher preparation time. The puzzle is printed and then cut out. All 16 pieces then go in a bag or container for the students to pull out and use at the appropriate time. This is great if you wish to use the puzzle in a literacy center. (I would suggest laminating before cutting - this allows you to reuse the puzzle multiple times without fear of students tearing or crumpling the pieces.)
Page 2 – Student Work Board
This blank square serves as a workspace for students. Once they have cut out the triangles, they can use the template to help them arrange the pieces correctly. This would be great to laminate if you plan on using it in a center.
Page 3 and 4 – No Prep Option
This page is a wonderful option because it requires no prep time on your part! (Except for copying of course.) With this option, you simply copy the sheet and give it to the students. You allow them to cut the pieces out and assemble the puzzle. Once they have completed it correctly, they can color it and glue it on a separate sheet of paper. It makes for a great bulletin board idea! The only difference between the two pages is that a triangle is marked on the second page in order to help students who might be struggling. This triangle can be a starting point for them if they need some assistance.
Page 5 – Extension and/or Assessment
This page has all of the 20 sentences from the puzzle. This can be used to make sure your students are not just having fun coloring and assembling but also reviewing the skill. It can be used as a check for understanding or even an assessment.
Page 6 – Design Your Own
This last page gives students a chance to create their own picture puzzle using the square as a guide. You can have them create a different puzzle over the same skill, or have them try their hand at a different skill that has been taught. Then, you can use the puzzles they create as new stations or activities for the other students to practice and review with! Great for students to take ownership and show their creativity and skill mastery!
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