I love working jigsaw puzzles. I even have a jigsaw puzzle app on my iPad so I can work a puzzle any time. So I wondered if there is a way to use jigsaw puzzles in Math. It turns out there is. It just doesn't use jagged pieces, it uses square, triangle, rectangular, or other sharp edged shape.
I created a small sample
jigsaw puzzle using trinomials and their factors to fill out the
rectangle. I chose trinomials with a leading coefficient of 1 so as to
factor faster. The idea is to cut this apart, then reassemble it.
Other topics that could be used this way:
1. Trinomials with leading coefficents other than 1.
3. Equations of a line between two points.
4. Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing fractions.
5. Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing decimals.
6. Calculating percent.
easy to make but what about a more complex puzzle that would be more
recognizable as a jigsaw puzzle. Why not have students work out
problems such as completing the square and use that as the base for the
puzzle. The student can cut it up after laminating it and its ready to
On the other hand to add a
technological twist to puzzle making, use a puzzle making app or web
based app that will take any picture and turn it into a puzzle. Take
the problem the student worked, snap a photo of it, turn it into a
puzzle and let them put it together.
I think the type
of puzzle I have a picture of is actually the best to use in math
because it requires the student to work out the problems in order to put
it together but I'm no expert.