Old Timer Puzzle Project
Are there mathematics in puzzles?
Teacher Notes
This is a great project (6th - 8th grade) that can be done with the whole class, or as an individual project depending on the level of your student(s). This project takes about four 50 minute class periods to complete. All of the documents for this project available for you to download from the All Electronic Documents page.

Hints:
  • If students get stuck trying to complete the puzzle, have the students make the puzzle easier by making two easier puzzles like these:

1  2  3

 1 2
3
4
5

The students can use their same puzzles, but just need to cover up the unused squares.

  • Younger students may have a difficult time creating the expressions to describe the number of jumps and slides. Students can work in groups to discuss their expressions and then share them with the class using a document camera or white board.