Well-developed mathematical puzzles support students' mathematical mindset in several ways. To begin, math puzzles provide genuine problems for students to engage with mathematical thinking. Math puzzles support number sense which helps students think flexibly about number relationships. When problem solving with puzzles, students practice logical reasoning as they develop strategies rather than simply guessing. Lastly, mathematical puzzles encourage development of mathematical habits of mind which connect to the math practice standards.
Each of the following math puzzles are low-floor, high-ceiling tasks which provide every student an opportunity to work at their own level. These tasks provide students with a starting point that allows them to experience success and build confidence while working towards more challenging mathematics. Click each math puzzle below for more information on how to use the activity with your students. Each puzzle includes a short overview video, applicable mathematical concepts, and general starting points for your content level.