To get started with these, I introduce my students to the basic puzzle just to get the feel of what I want them to do.
I'll treat the rows of the grid as ownership. For example, Aundrea owns all of the boxes next to her name; however, ownership is shared with the colors. Blue owns all of the boxes in the column below the word.
Next, I'll point to different boxes and ask, "Who owns this one?" Once the kids understand how the grid works, we move on to the symbols.
I will ask a child, "When you make a mistake on a paper, how does your teacher let you know something is wrong?" I am looking for the idea of an /X/ to show incorrect. Once that is understood, I introduce /O/ to show that something is right.
We will then work a puzzle together.
If your student is an older child, you'll need to challenge him or her with a multi-grid puzzle. These work just as the basic grids, except students are solving three puzzles at once. Also, kids will need to look at the other grids to solve the one they are working on. I call this feeding off of the grid.
Sometimes, I will use side notes to help organize my thoughts, too.
Once your kids get the hang of it, logic puzzles make for great centers, work for early finishers, or just a fun and challenging reward for the students. Logic puzzles involve higher level or critical thinking skills and may be worked independently or in cooperative groups. Also, we all know the boy or girl in class who is brilliant, finishes everything early, and constantly needs something to do, so here you go!
If you'd like some free puzzles to try out your students skills, I have a lot at my store. Click HERE to check these out!
I also have a lot of logic bundles: Click HERE for logic bundles!
I once had a friend refer to me as the logic queen. LOL!
Since it is Monday, it's time for a musical selection. Our theme is Native American music.
First up is Cher with "Half Breed." If the kids were against Cher when growing up, they shouldn't be now!
Since we're talking about Cherokees, here is another favorite of mine from Paul Revere and the Raiders, "Cherokee People."