Also included in
- Included in this bundle are 5 resources for 3rd to 6th grade ELA.Figurative Language and Other Literary Devices, Gr. 3 to 6Story Elements, Grades 3–6Analogies Bingo: Intermediate Grades Solving Logic Mysteries: Grid PuzzlesLanguage Arts Crosswords, Grades 3–6Figurative Language and Other Literary De$39.00$55.75Save $16.75
“Grid Puzzles” for the Intermediate Grades
About Solving Logic Mysteries
These logic problems were designed to improve students’ deductive-reasoning and other critical-thinking skills. They also improve memory and reading-comprehension skills and encourage students to expand their vocabularies. The logic mysteries are divided into three levels, with Level I containing the easiest problems and Level III containing the most difficult. Also provided is a template for students to create their own logic mysteries.
Students should work on most of these mysteries alone, in pairs, or in small groups. Groups can compete against each other to see which group can solve the problem first. You may also want to do a few on the board as a whole-class activity. In this case it is probably best not to give students their own copies. Instead, have students listen carefully and perhaps jot down a note or two as you read the story and the clues. As an extra challenge, do a few without filling in the matrix on the board. Students must listen carefully and try to remember the information in the story and the clues! You will probably want to start with easier ones for this option. Another option is to have students take a problem home to do as a family activity.
Students should read the introduction to each mystery carefully. Explain that some of the information given here probably will be needed to solve the mystery. Instruct students to use context clues to figure out any new vocabulary words which appear and to use their dictionaries if they still aren’t sure of the meaning.
A Hints for Solving Logic Mysteries sheet is provided for duplication.
These deductive-thinking puzzles develop the following crucial skills:
- reading comprehension
- deductive reasoning (also called deductive logic)
- mental organization
They have been successfully used in classes for the gifted and talented.