Last week I wrote a post explaining 'What are Once Upon a Crime Reading Mysteries?' In this post, I aim to give you some implementation ideas and suggestions for using these reading mystery resources in your classroom.
Last week I posted a new logic puzzle to solve. As promised, this week I will show the answers along with a solution guide.
Were you able to solve it? Did you find it easy, hard, or just the right amount of challenge? If using in the classroom, how did your students find it?
Either way, as simple as it looks, this was a challenging puzzle that required a fair bit of problem solving. In case there was any struggle with this challenge, I've included a solution strategy guide for solving this particular puzzle.
The first clue states that Little Red bought flowers for Molly the Mouse. So we can mark 'YES' to connect Little Red to Molly Mouse and cross out the other possibilities in that column and row for the other characters.
The second clue, 'the tulips were bought to say a special 'thank you' to someone', tells us that Tulips and thank will be a combo that go together. But, we cannot make any markings yet, we need more information. So just try and remember this for now.
The third clue, 'Snow White received flowers as a 'get well' gift.' We still cannot make any more markings at this stage, except now we know from the previous clue, that Snow White didn't receive Tulips, because Tulips were given to say 'thank you' and Snow White received flowers to say 'get well.' So just keep this information in mind again for later.
The fourth clue, 'Larry the Wizard bought flowers for someone's birthday." This clue paired with the two clues above helps make some deductions. First, mark yes for Larry and the reason 'birthday, and cross out the rest of that row and boxed column.
Look back at the previous two clues we couldn't make markings on, we now can cross eliminate the possibility that Larry bought Tulips, since they were a 'thank you' not birthday. We can also cross off 'Snow White' as the recipient, because she received flowers to get well, not her birthday.
After removing those possibilities, suddenly we are reduced to only one empty box in the recipients section for Larry and Nivens McTwisp. If Larry couldn't have bought flowers for Molly or Snow White, then we can conclude that he must've bought flowers for Pinocchio.
Then, if Larry bought flowers for Pinocchio and Little Red bought flowers for Molly, the last pair to match up is Nivens McTwisp with Snow White. (See circled sections in the image above).
Using the earlier clues where we couldn't cross off anything, suddenly allows us to make more markings with the new information discovered.
- Snow white received flowers to get well, so now that we know that Nivens McTwisp bought the flowers for her, we can mark 'YES' for that reason in Nivens McTwisp's column.
- We also know that Tulips were given as a 'thank you,' so we can eliminate tulips as being the flower gift from Nivens to Snow.
After crossing out those possibilities, a new piece of information shines in the flower section. If neither Larry or Nivens bought the tulips, then we can say that Little Red bought the tulips. This stays true to the clue that the tulips were a 'thank you' gift because it is the last possibility remaining
The fifth clue helps complete the last bit of the puzzle, 'Nivens didn't buy the daisies.' Since we have already figured out that Little Red bought the tulips, it leaves Larry who bought the daisies. Therefore, it leaves Nivens with the roses.
Yay! Puzzle complete! Did you get the same results?
Thank you for using this puzzle. I hope it was fun and challenging. I plan to make more; maybe even some that are more challenging too. Subscribe to my newsletter or follow my TPT store to stay updated when new resources are available.
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If you would like to challenge your students this week, this puzzle may do just that! It requires careful reading and lots of thinking. Don't be fooled by the 5 simple clues.
Little Red, Nivens McTwisp, and Larry the Wizard bought some flowers. They each bought a different type of flower, for a different reason, and for a different character. Using the five clue statements given, and the table to help, can you solve who bought what for whom, and why?
Feel free to post your solutions in the comments section below. I will reveal the answer, with a guide for the process to achieving the solution next week!
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As promised, here are the answers to the logic puzzle I posted last week. Please find in the image below.
I hope you and your students enjoyed this puzzle if you decided to use it.
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Our brains are stimulated by the unique challenges and problems that games and brain teasers offer. So, it is no wonder that we find ourselves spending lots of time on games that require lots of thinking, meanwhile enjoying the task. Plus, research is finally demonstrating that our brains do better in the long term if they are exposed to novel activities including brain teasers, brain games, and logic puzzles. So there is no reason to feel guilty about spending time on such games whether found in an app or done on paper. Children love games and fun puzzles too, so making the most of them at home and in the classroom will provide brains with lots of healthy ‘exercise.’ That’s why I love using logic puzzles as an early finisher activity or a gap filler throughout the day; it’s definitely not ‘wasted’ time.
According to recent research, getting your students to reach for a logic puzzle when they have a few minutes to spare will help:
• Boost brain activity
• Provide emotional satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment
• Enhance memory and processing speed
• Improve concentration
• Reduce boredom
I think the more interesting a puzzle is, the more fun a child will have trying to solve it. There are lots of fantastic puzzles and brain games out there to use. I love also trying to create my own; I feel like it also gives me a good brain workout. So this week, I’d like to share a logic puzzle that I made. Find it below and see if you can solve it. Give it to your kids to see if they can solve it. I’ll post the answers up next week.
Even if you can’t solve a puzzle, your brain will still receive an excellent workout.
If you would like to see more logic puzzles like this, please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
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These puzzles are great to use as a reward for positive reinforcement! I let students 'cash' in their game time reward during silent reading or if they finish their work early.
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