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.
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?
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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