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Nicole Kc Problem Solving

  1. 1. Nicole Sarmiento June 23, 2009 Ma. Katrina Carmela Barrios INTRIST S21 • Topic: Mind Puzzles • Description of the Activity: Mind puzzles are activities that can be done through problem solving that will enhance the sharpness of the mind of the player. The students will engage in the following mind puzzle games: o Magical Squares o Lateral Thinking Puzzle o Subtraction Triangle • Activity Objectives: o T o use problem solving as an instructional method. o To sharpen and enhance the mind of the students by solving mind puzzles. • Estimated Duration: Allotted time for the activity is only 15 minutes; 2 minutes for the easy leveled puzzle and 3 minutes for the difficult leveled puzzle. • Materials needed: There are two options on doing the activities depending on the venue of the class:  On paper which the group will provide, where the instructions per activity will be given, together with the puzzle.  Or online in the computer laboratory, where in the group will give out the site on where the students can access the activity. Each person will have a different puzzle to solve.
  2. 2. • Steps: 1. Understanding the problem. * Can you state the problem in your own words? * What are you trying to find or do? * What are the unknowns? 2. Devising a plan. * Look for a pattern. * Identify a subgoal. * Examine related problems, and determine if the same technique can be applied. 3. Carrying out the plan. * Keep an accurate record of your work. * Implement the strategy or strategies in step 2, and perform any necessary actions or computations. 4. Looking back. * Check the results in the original problem. * Interpret the solution. * Determine whether there is another method of finding the solution. * If possible, determine other related or more general problems for which the techniques will work. • References Used: o http://www.increasebrainpower.com/lateralthinkingpuzzles.html o http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/subtraction_triangles.asp o http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/magical_squares.asp o http://www.theproblemsite.com/

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