A Puzzle a Day

After my last embarrassing post, its back to serious posts.

There are a number of websites that follow the theme “A puzzle a day” or “Problem of the week”. One such site is Education World which states: Puzzles exercise students’ critical thinking skills while providing needed practice in math, spelling, and other areas of the curriculum. Why not introduce a puzzle a day?’

This site uses a different type of puzzle for each day of the week:

  • Monday: Seven-Letter Scrabble® Spell-Off
  • Tuesday: Operation: Math
  • Wednesday: Anagram Family Time
  • Thursday: It All Adds Up
  • Friday: Take-Your-Pick Puzzle

    My favourite site of this type is Maths Starter of the Day by Transum.org. I cannot speak too highly of this site – so I will just let you visit it and judge for yourself! For example checkout the problem for Tuesday 19th May – Coloured Sheep.

    Image from Transum.org

    Image from Transum.org

    For another very good source of problems visit Problems of the Week at http://mathforum.org/pow/.
    Please let me know if you come across other good problem sources on the Web.

    About webmaths

    I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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