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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Formulator Tarsia- for creating puzzles

Challenge your students ...they will learn in the process.
Solving Math puzzle is a dynamic strategy in learning process. Formulator Tarsia is a free software which allows you to create puzzles based on jigsaw activities. The students are given a set of tiles which must be matched edge-to-edge to complete the shape. Mathematical questions are given along these edges. Jigsaw puzzles can be created based on triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, hexagon and parquet patterns of tesselating shapes.
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This is one sample which I have created for revising algebraic formulae. Students are asked to cut triangles on page 1 and page 2.
They are then asked to arrange triangle cutouts to form the following shape. In the process, students use math concepts (here formulae ) as hint for making the desired shape.
Here is the solution...

2 comments:

Daniel said...

Rash, I have a number of the Jigsaw files, they were I think pre-made for a UK Maths folder that each school received last year. It was called 'Improving Teaching & Learning in Mathematics'.

I'm sure they won't mind me sharing them onwards.

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/32758/Mixed%20Topic%20Resources/JigSaw%20Files/Tarsia%20Jigsaw%20Files.zip

Dan

Mark Carls said...

Rash, thanks for sharing this. I can't wait to try it out.

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