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Coin Puzzles - Critical Thinking With Kaching!

In this introductory puzzle workshop math fun and literacy go hand in hand as students learn the narrative skills needed to describe their own puzzle solution processes.
Gina Quintana
53 total reviews for this teacher
22 reviews for this class
Completed by 86 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
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As students strengthen their skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, pattern recognition and logic by solving puzzles that involve coins, they will also develop the skills and the mathematical vocabulary needed to describe the solution process. Words like symmetry or mirror-image, and concepts like redundancy are not part of the everyday vocabulary of the elementary or middle school student. But these concepts become important for algebra, geometry, higher mathematics, science and engineering learning. 
Puzzles and games challenge us to think outside the box but unfortunately they are not typically included in the standard K-12 math curriculum. I love puzzles and I have used them in my teaching for years because I know that they promote critical thinking. Being able to explain your solution procedure in clear and concise language is an important skill that applies across all subject areas.

As an engineer I have worked with many very talented people who were great problem solvers but poor communicators. For me the ability to communicate and to explain your engineering or puzzle solution is as important as the problem itself.
Additional puzzles will be provided after the workshop for students who want an extra challenge.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students are encouraged to complete the first puzzle handout before the start of class. Please make sure that the student has US coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter and half-dollar) so they can follow along with the puzzles during class. Tip: If you do not have a half-dollar handy, you can use a game counter, paper clip, etc.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


Gina QuintanaHomeschool-loving, puzzle-solving empty-nester!
53 total reviews
44 completed classes

About Me

I teach math puzzles, logic teasers, and games. I have always been fascinated by puzzles - crosswords, secret codes, mazes, and more. I was a college chemistry major,  I completed my doctorate in chemical engineering, and for a number of years I... 
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