1-1 Solve the Grid! (downloadable pdf)
Task: Figure out what the grid of colored blocks is all about. Extend it to complete a 10-by-10 grid.
Learning goals: Analyze patterns and make predictions. Go beyond procedures to understand prime factorizations as a concept.
1-2 A "Think Backwards" Puzzle (downloadable pdf)
Task: Create 20 consecutive integers by filling in the correct numbers.
Learning Goals: Reason about factors and multiples in order to solve a challenging puzzle.
1-3 Multiplication Magic Squares (1) (downloadable pdf)
Task: Explain how to turn an addition magic square into a multiplication magic square.
Learning Goals: Reason about exponents and connections between addition and multiplication.
1-4 Multiplication Magic Squares (2) (downloadable pdf)
Task: Create multiplication magic squares using numbers with distinct prime factors.
Learning Goals: Recognize and extend patterns related to multiplication, division, and exponents.
1-5 Factor Trees (downloadable pdf)
Task: Translate the block diagrams to numbers. Connect the result to a familiar procedure.
Learning Goals: Use Math Building Blocks to visualize multiple factor trees for a number.