Make 13:  Math Puzzles that Develop Algebraic Thinking
Help your students practice basic operations, sharpen their logic skills, and strengthen their problem-solving abilities with these “Make a Number” puzzles. There are thirteen different sets. Each set contains an “expert” level puzzle, a “novice” puzzle with hints, and an answer key.

These puzzles are perfect for early finishers, homework, cooperative learning, extra credit, and times when you need a fun but educational activity at the end of the day of before vacations. Because they reinforce basic skills and have simple instructions, they are suitable for many grade levels, and students of varying degrees of English fluency. ” The Novice and Expert levels help you differentiate for the variety of abilities in your classroom.

In addition to practice with basic number facts, the puzzles also encourage development for skills needed for algebraic thinking, such as thinking backward, solving for an unknown, and eliminating solutions.


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Created: Jan 6, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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