This past summer, I decided to add more playfulness to my classroom routine (read more about Quarter Trios here) and one of the mainstays of the new “game plan” is the use of weekly Brain Teasers. Originally, I had planned to use just one puzzler each week, either as part of a bell-ringer routine or as an emergency “ack, third period just finished this task 10 minutes faster than all of my other classes” time-filler.
Deep into the fall semester, the reality has been that we use at least three of these slides each week, both as sponge activities and as an end-of-the-week treat to start class on Fridays. The kids love the brain play and I’m a bit surprised at how much I love channeling my inner Bob Barker.
Since I’m using a few more slides each week than I had originally planned and I need to make sure I have enough questions when the long slog of April and May arrive, I just finished building a third volume of Brain Teasers.
Okay, folks, it’s game time…
Think these two puzzlers through and scroll down when you’re ready to reveal the answers.
You really tried, right?
You wouldn’t just zip down to the answer slides without stretching that gray matter, would you? Okay, then…
If you’re enjoying Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 with your classes, be sure to check out Vol. 3.
Or if you just want to chew on four more sample slides, click here.
Teach on, everyone!