Missing Puzzle Pieces

Curriculum – Geometry and Spatial Sense 

  • Describe location using positional language
  • Relating shapes to other shapes, to designs, and to figures
  • Composing and decomposing shapes
  • Identifying congruent shapes
  • Recognizing transformations

Context

Students recognize, identify and discuss questions about the missing piece in a puzzle. 

Materials

Lesson
Introduction

  • Present students with a puzzle problem. 
  • Have students discuss the puzzle and identify the missing puzzle pieces.

Lesson

  • Facilitate discussion around the missing puzzle piece.
  • Elicit reasoning around “why” some pieces are not possible solutions.

Closure

  • Repeat the same procedure with new puzzle problems. Ensure to stimulate discussion and ask students to provide reasoning.