Shape Puzzles

Lesson #12088

Review math and spelling facts with this puzzle.

Reinforce equivalent fractions, multiplication facts and upper and lowercase alphabets using this puzzle.

Students will reinforce facts while solving a puzzle.

17769-XL-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Envelopes #1 (4 Die Set) - XL 30272-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Puzzle, Apple - Large A11105-Sizzix Bigz Die - Puzzle, Heart A11106-Sizzix Bigz Die - Puzzle, Star
Adhesive, Cardstock, Construction paper, Copy paper, Marker or pen, Poster board, Scissors
Adhesive, Cardstock, Construction paper, Copy paper, Marker or pen, Poster board, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. For the star puzzle, die-cut the Puzzle, Star shape using cardstock.
  2. With a marker or pen, write various equivalent fractions, multiplication facts or upper and lowercase letters on the puzzle pieces (Main Photo).
  3. Die-cut the Puzzle, Star shape out of poster board, and use the negative space to create a cavity where the students can assemble their puzzle pieces.
  4. Students will then assemble the correct answer to the corresponding fact.
  5. For the apple or heart puzzle, capture and engage parental attention for back-to-school night with a unique invitation they must piece together (Figure A).
  6. Design the wording of the invitation to fit inside a 4" x 5" area. Print or photocopy the text on colored copy paper.
  7. Adhere a piece of cardstock to the back of the printed invitation.
  8. Die-cut the invitation with the Puzzle, Apple shape.
  9. Die-cut the envelope using construction paper. Place adhesive on the side tabs, and assemble the envelope.
  10. Trim the negative part of the puzzle to fit into the envelope, and place both the negative and apple puzzle pieces inside the envelope (Figure A).

  • Figure A

National Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
Achievement Standard:

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

A-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
Achievement Standard:

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.


Language Arts-English
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Applying Knowledge

  • Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language and genre to create, critique and discuss print and nonprint texts.


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
3.NF Number and Operations—Fractions
Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

  • Explain equivalence of fractions in special cases, and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
  • Recognize and generate simple equivalent fractions, e.g., 1/2 = 2/4, 4/6 = 2/3. Explain why the fractions are equivalent, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


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