**Ballast –Â multiplication puzzles**

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Once again the valiant 4th grade students of Bradley Meyers (Taft School District, Lockport, IL) have discovered one of my errors. One of these ballast puzzles has two sinkings rather than one. It’s my error, but instead of correcting it we have decided to make it a challenge for others to find. It does not occur in the first several puzzle sheets.

Gord!

**Standards for ****Mathematical Practice**

MathPickle puzzle and game designsÂ engage a wide spectrum of student abilities while targeting the following Standards for Mathematical Practice:

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##### MP1 Toughen up!

This is problem solving where our students develop grit and resiliency in the face of nasty, thorny problems. It is the most sought after skill for our students.

##### MP3 Work together!

This is collaborative problem solving in which students discuss their strategies to solve a problem and identify missteps in a failed solution. MathPickle recommends pairing up students for all its puzzles.

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##### MP6 Be precise!

This is where our students learn to communicate using precise terminology. MathPickle encourages students not only to use the precise terms of others, but to invent and rigorously define their own terms.

##### MP7 Be observant!

One of the things that the human brain does very well is identify pattern. We sometimes do this too well and identify patterns that don't really exist.