YEAR 7 ELMS LOGIC PUZZLES
Following on from a nerve-racking test on Algebra, Ms Greenwood gave us a refreshing brain-break. This included various math related equations that challenged our creativity and stimulated our brains in an engaging manner.
Ms Greenwood displayed a handful of picture puzzles relating to our past algebra topic and all the students attempted to solve them. The puzzles weren’t what they appeared to be which made it tricky to solve, but most students were successful.
The challenges we faced were difficult but satisfying to solve. They involved looking at the fine details that we would have ignored if we only focused on the mathematical parts. For example, if a flower had a change in petals then it usually had a change in value. Afterwards, Ms Greenwood encouraged us to research our own algebra puzzles. And finally, we began the task of carefully formulating our own puzzle. We had to be careful not to make it too complicated or too easy.
We were told to come up with a draft puzzle, however a few of us created overly complicated ones, which Ms Greenwood said were way too difficult for casual entertainment, so we had to think of an easier one. We had to brainstorm for a new draft and while researching for ideas we found that most followed similar patterns.
After a few conversations we decided to do something that’s linked to our hobbies, for example Joy did Zenitsu from Demon Slayer with different facial expressions and Sanika did wild sea animal.
We really enjoyed this activity, which is now displayed in C03 for all to solve.
Sanika Ribadia, Jiaying (Joy) Su & Eden Sullivan
Year 7 ELMS-1 Maths Students