Maths Perplexors is a five-book series of copymaster maths puzzles, that requires enquiring minds to use the process of elimination to find answers. Each of the maths puzzles test school pupils’ logical and mathematical reasoning, with the problems solved by using the ‘cross out and circle’ technique.
Maths Perplexors is an essential school resource for maths teachers, allowing them to assist the development of their pupils’ mathematical thinking and learning.
Logic word problems merge problem-solving skills with deductive reasoning and literacy skills.Maths Perplexors use straight-forward mathematical concepts to use with logical thinking. Encourages children to see that their literacy skills and strategies are needed when problem-solving. Each problem consists of a short story that children must read carefully. Clues are presented which the children must reflect on and evaluate to ascertain what information they provide and what information, by extension, they do not provide. Encourages children to approach problems methodically, re-reading clues a number of times in light of new information, applying strategies, constantly evaluating the information and re-reading and checking this against a provided grid.Requires pupils to use their deductive reasoning with maths puzzles to eliminate possible answers.Excellent resource for group work and station teaching. Each group can be given a problem and they can work collaboratively through discussing the clues to solve it. Not designed as ‘easy, done-in-a-minute’ activities.Encourages debate and justifying opinions. The challenging nature of each problem makes them highly motivational.Thinking and focused discussion are two key skills practiced using these problems. Small group-work encourages children to think and talk about the problem, share ideas and work together to reach the solution. Each problem can be used for whole-class teaching where the teacher can model different problem-solving strategies.Can be completed independently by high achieving children who require challenging activities.Can be used with pupils from 3rd Class upwards.