* Using the above pieces you must create a CAPITAL LETTER 'T' with no jagged bits,.
no gaps, no overlaps, no bumpy bits.
* the solution must be all one colour.
I use this on my first day with any class. It will show you those with gritty
determination but most importantly point out the 'learned helpless' among the
* get the kids to initial all their pieces so if you lose one... you
know the drill.
* have the students store their pieces in an envelope.
discuss and demonstrate the problem solving strategy of 'constant manipulation'
make some of the puzzles from wood to begin your problem solving collection that
you will use for years to come.