Spatial Reasoning Puzzles That Make Kids Think! engages even the most reluctant math learner. In this fun and challenging book, students must conquer four types of logical and spatial reasoning puzzles (Slitherlink, Hashiwokakero, Masyu, and Yajilin). The rules for each type of puzzle are very different, but easy to understand. The challenge is for students to apply their critical thinking skills to new situations and develop new strategies for solving each puzzle. Teacher support is provided for solving the puzzles and also for helping students to create puzzles of their own. Students will be begging for more of these unique spatial reasoning puzzles!
Table of Contents
Introduction Chapter 1: Slitherlink Chapter 2: Hashiwokakero Chapter 3: Masyu Chapter 4: Yajilin Blank Grids to Create Your Own Puzzles Solutions References About the Author
Jeffrey Wanko is an associate professor at Miami University of Ohio where he teaches preservice and inservice mathematics teachers. He began solving and creating puzzles in elementary school and saw his first published puzzles in his middle school newspaper. He and his wife, Molly, live in Ohio with their three amazing and energetic children. Dr. Wanko views all of life as a puzzle and is constantly seeking solutions by making educated guesses and jotting notes in the margins of his work.
I would recommend this book for any educator who works with grade 4 students and above. The puzzles could be used for enrichment and small-group activities. They can challenge students at all levels, build spatial reasoning, and provide space for justification of their solutions.,Nicole Shobert, University of Oklahoma,Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 5/1/13