St. Patrick’s Day Logic Puzzles for Beginners

Slide1 I love teaching logic to students!  I first used matrix logic puzzles when I began teaching gifted students back in 1978!  Wow!  That’s been a long time ago!  I believe that teaching logic is vital if we are going to teach our students how to think.  Inferring is a big skill  in the new common core, and logic requires students to make inferences.  I see lots of  logic puzzles out there,  but I really don’t see many for primary students.  The primary years are the perfect time to introduce logic and deductive thinking!  Last November, I developed a set of logic puzzles with a Christmas theme for primary students.  They were so well received and everyone started asking me to develop logic puzzles for other holidays.   Well,  I got too busy with some other stuff I was creating and let Valentines day get too close, so I  looked ahead and created this packet of logic puzzles with a St.  Patrick’s day theme.  They’re great to use for morning work, in a center, or for those early finishers who need something to keep their brains charged and give them a challenge.  This packet contains a set of six 3 by 3 matrix logic puzzles, six 4 by 4 matrix logic puzzles,  and  6 suduko type shamrock puzzles.  The nice thing about this set is that I have included ALL the  puzzles in both color and black  and white so you can still use them  and save your ink, although I suggest if you use them in a center, you print them out in color on cardstock and laminate them.  But if you want to hand them out as a worksheet, the black and white copy is great!  I even have a student response form where the kiddos can record their answers to the problems, and of course an answer key is provided along with a few helpful hints about teaching matrix logic puzzles.  One teacher wrote me and told  me that she would  put one up on her SmartBoard every morning for her kids to solve.  I suggest you do that if your kids have had  no experience with matrix logic puzzles.   Begin with the whole class doing the 3 by 3 grids and then place the 4 by 4 matrix puzzles in a center.  Below is just a little  sneak  peak. If you’re interested, click on the image to download a preview at my Teachers pay Teachers store!

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That’s all for now!  Remember to always…  Keep ’em Thinking!

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