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See teaching notes in
Pattern & Algebra A menu

See teaching notes in
Shape & Measurement A menu

Additional Support

We suggest you read these two brief articles to see how other teachers have begun their use of Picture Puzzles
  • Picture Puzzles in Sweden which is based on Square Numbers being used as a whole class lesson in a BYOD school.
  • Picture Puzzles - Rod Mats (PDF) which is based on a whole class lesson investigating halves, fifths and tenths using the Number & Computations C (Tenths) menu below.

Access Code

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  • All Picture Puzzles are PDF slide show files.
  • Files open on all computing devices, including book-readers, pads and smart phones.
  • All Picture Puzzles require concrete materials listed by menu in Teaching Notes
  • An overview of materials for all menus is in the Equipment List.
  • Click the Picture Puzzle name to preview the slides.
  • Right click the Picture Puzzle name (or equivalent action) to save the PDF.
  • Use arrow buttons (or equivalent) to move forward and backward through the slides.
  • Use Ctrl L (Mac Command L) to see the slides as full screen.
  • With the Picture Puzzle open in the browser you can use File/Save As to save the file.
  • On some devices the slides roll up and down rather than slide left and right.
  • Save and open with a book-reading application to produce left and right movement.

Current Member Menus

Number & Computation A

Years 2 - 6(8)
Based on an array model of multiplication students experience how to know the answers to their times tables. Uncover Counting is used to reveal the...

        6 Times Table ... 7 Times Table ... 8 Times Table ... 9 Times Table ... 10 Times Table

Number & Computation B

Years 2 - 6(8)
Students choose their own time limit to complete 20 Times Tables Torture questions. Using array images they correct their work and find two ways of knowing each table.
        TTT 2/4 Times ... TTT 4/8 Times ... TTT 3/6 Times ... TTT 3/9 Times ... TTT 5/7 Times ... TTT 9/10 Times

Number & Computation C

Years 2 - 8
Students build Rod Mats and explore relationships between rows of rods the same size. Natural language drives the investigation of fraction equivalence and operations.
        Choose the whole that makes ... Eighths ... Ninths ... Tenths ... Fifteenths ... Eighteenths

Pattern & Algebra A
       (Square Numbers Picture Puzzle and teaching notes for the whole menu available as Free Tour above.)

Years 4 - 12
Square and Triangle Numbers leading into generalisation, symbolic notation and other special challenges, including the difference between two squares.
        How Many Squares? ... How Many Triangles? ... Square Numbers ... Staircases ... Tetrahedron Triangles

Pattern & Algebra B

Years 4 - 10
Exploring and generalising patterns in words and symbols. Seeing the patterns from different points of view leads to equivalent algebraic expressions. Substitution and solution.
        4 Arm Shapes ... Garden Beds ... Lining Up ... Match Triangles ... Unseen Triangles

Shape & Measurement A
       (Sphinx Shapes Picture Puzzle and teaching notes for the whole menu available as Free Tour above.)

Years 2 - 10
Development of the concepts of perimeter and area using unit squares and unit triangles as the measures. Includes 2D shape puzzles, tessellation and polyiamonds.
        Measuring w Sphinx ... Measuring w Trisquares ... Sphinx Shapes ... Triangle Perimeters ... Trisquare Shapes

Shape & Space A

Years 2 - 11
Representing 3D objects in 2D. Plan (looking down), elevation (side) and isometric views in the context of 3D puzzles.

        Building Views ... Keith's Kubes ... Soma Cube ... Tricube Building A ... Tricube Building B

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