Mashup Math puzzles are essentially algebraic equations made of icons and numbers. These puzzles are solved through finding symbolic representations and unknown variables. Furthermore, these puzzles allow students to begin thinking algebraically before they begin learning specific algebraic concepts. Mashup Math puzzles are able to support a wide variety of mathematical concepts along with a wide range of ability levels.
Mashup Math puzzles provide practice for the following mathematical concepts:
There are several levels of the Mashup Math puzzles. It is beneficial to start with the beginning level puzzles to gain a basic understanding for the game. After a strong foundation has been built, feel free to choose an appropriate range of puzzles for your students. The levels include:
Connection to the Math Practice Standards
These puzzles encourage the development of the following mathematical habits of mind: