Hi! It’s Monday, February 21, 2011 and time for Math at ClickSchooling!
AIMS Puzzle Corner
Age Range: Varies (non-readers will need assistance)
AIMS Education Foundation (Activities Integrating Math and Science) offers over 100 free math puzzles and printable activity pages designed to give students a fun way to develop divergent thinking, practice math skills, learn persistence, and be creative.
Designed for classroom use, these puzzles can be used at home as well – and are intended for use OFFLINE. The puzzles are listed in order of increasing difficulty, but “have not been assigned a grade level because the ability to do a puzzle varies more by individual than by grade.”
When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of puzzle categories. Here are the descriptions from the website:
*Arrangement Puzzles – Move manipulatives or rearrange items according to specific rules.
*Dissection Puzzles – Assemble geometric shapes to form larger figures, or break them into smaller figures.
*Divergent Thinking Puzzles – Think in ways that defy typical assumptions.
*Logic Puzzles – Make sense of paradoxes, move items safely across divides, or complete challenges according to specific rules.
*Miscellaneous Puzzles – Paradoxes, games, magic cards, and more.
*Number Puzzles – Arrange numbers according to specific rules, look for patterns, or manipulate them to get different solutions.
*Toothpick Puzzles – Move, rearrange, and/or remove toothpicks to reach desired outcomes.
*Topological Puzzles – Explore geometric properties not affected by changes in size and shape.
*Visual Puzzles – Explain why optical illusions and visual paradoxes work.
*Solutions – Get answers to all of the puzzles. The solutions are only available from the main puzzle page, and not on the individual puzzle pages.
Click on a category and a new page opens listing the puzzles from “easiest” to “most difficult.” Then, click on a puzzle and a new page opens with some history about the activity and directions/instructions. Click on “Activity Page” at the bottom of the description to print out the game board and some other materials you’ll need.
Diane Flynn Keith