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AIMS: Hands on Math and Science Math Puzzles

Program

ABE: Adult Basic Education

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Computer(s), Internet access, headphones, projection screen

Activity Description

The goal of the AIMS Puzzle Corner is to provide teachers with a variety of interesting puzzles that can be used to create a learning environment where students engage in doing mathematics just for the fun of it! Students can learn how to work puzzles and the mathematics behind them. They have a puzzle a month going back to 1995 in their archives. This site in NOT an online puzzle site--they provide the instructions for the puzzles, but the puzzles are done in class, so no computers necessary in class.

Preparation

  1. Preview games/puzzles. Some have activity pages and/or sheets that maximize math activity.
  2. Try out the puzzle. If you need help, see the Solutions link at the bottom of the Puzzle Corner categories.

How-To

  1. Introduce the math topic.
  2. Pass out puzzle instruction or do as a class. Discuss the puzzle, answering questions.
  3. Do the puzzle together.
  4. Assign a puzzle to do as pairs/small groups.
  5. Check back.

Teacher Tips

  • This site does not provide online practice for learners. The teacher chooses a puzzle, prints out instruction and does as an in class project.
  • Many of the puzzles require manipulatives.
  • The sections with the most math application include: Number Puzzles; Logic Puzzles

More Ways

If you enjoyed this site, there are more number (and other) puzzles at Puzzles.com

Levels

Intermediate
High

Subjects

Math

Subject Subcategories

Math
Decimals
Fractions
Geometry
Percentages
Pre-Algebra
Proportions
Whole Number Skills

Standards

Math
6.0 Demonstrate pre-computation skills
6.1 Compute using whole numbers
6.2 Compute using decimal fractions
6.3 Compute using fractions
6.4 Compute with percents, rate, ratio, and proportion
6.5 Use expressions, equations, and formulas
6.6 Demonstrate measurement skills
6.7 Interpret data from graphs and compute averages
6.8 Use statistics and probability
6.9 Use estimation and mental arithmetic
Learning and Thinking Skills
7.2 Demonstrate ability to use critical thinking skills
7.3 Demonstrate ability to use problem-solving skills