Time for another puzzle! This week, we have a hexagon puzzle, which serves as a good workout both for place value and for problem-solving skills:

Click on the picture for a pdf of the puzzle.

And here’s the solution:

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# Category: Puzzles

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

# Math Puzzle Monday!

All about teaching math via mental models.

Time for another puzzle! This week, we have a hexagon puzzle, which serves as a good workout both for place value and for problem-solving skills:

Click on the picture for a pdf of the puzzle.

And here’s the solution:

My apologies for not posting for so long… we’ve recently moved to a new apartment and that has been taking up all of my energy. Starting today, I’m going to try to actually post a puzzle each week, as well as continue explaining my educational philosophy in other posts.

This week’s puzzle is a math crossword! This one requires understanding of addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Click on the picture to load a printable pdf:

And here’s the solution:

Time for another puzzle! This week, we have another shape puzzle. We do shape puzzles every day, and I’ve been very pleased with their effect on a child’s mental model of variables.

Click on the picture to get a printable pdf:

And here’s the solution:

Another Monday, another puzzle! This week, we have a magic square, but a trickier one. In this puzzle, you aren’t immediately given a complete row or column, so you can’t simply solve for the common sum and then solve for all the other entries. There’s a trick to these… can you figure it out?

Click on the image to get a copy of the pdf:

And here’s the solution:

Sorry I’ve missed the last two weeks﹣we’ve been a bit too busy around here! I’ll try to keep up with the puzzles (and other posts) moving forward.

This week’s puzzle is a crossword. This one uses multiplication as well as addition and subtraction:

Click on the puzzle to open a pdf file.

And here’s the solution:

Time for our weekly puzzle! This week, we have another knight’s tour puzzle. This one is hard to do without a good understanding of place value!

Click on the image for a pdf copy of the puzzle.

And here’s the solution:

Time for a slightly belated Math Puzzle Monday! This is another “shape” puzzle, in which every copy of the same shape needs to contain the same number. These puzzles are an excellent way. to work on a mental model of variables!

This one only uses addition but is in fact rather tricky:

Click on the image to get a copy of the PDF file for easier printing! And here’s the solution:

Time for another magic square! This one requires a good understanding of place value:

Click on the picture to pull up a pdf of the puzzle! And as usual, here are the solutions:

This week’s puzzle is a math crossword! To go with my most recent post, it’s easiest to do with a good understanding of place value:

Click on the picture to access a pdf copy of the file.

And here’s the solution:

It’s time for our weekly puzzle! My apologies for not posting last week﹣we were on the road.

This week’s puzzle, like the hexagon puzzle I posted a while back, can easily be done via counting on, but this time, there’s a twist: consecutive squares on the path need to be connected by the move of a chess knight instead of being straightforwardly adjacent! This makes for an appealingly tricky puzzle apart from the arithmetic.

Click on the puzzle to open a copy of the puzzle as a pdf.

And here’s the solution to the puzzle as a pdf, if you want to check your student’s work: