Dot to Dot Median Path Puzzles
Go is one of the great games. The pencil and paper variant above is played on an infinite board. It can be played on normal graph paper, but here is a printable sheet. Black should start play in the centre. In the unusual case where students exceed the limits of the page – just use tape 😉 A pdf of the game above is to be found here.
Below left is a basic video explaining standard Go. To see how to play standard Go at a high level I encourage you to watch Nick Sibicky videos like the one below right.
Standards for Mathematical Practice
MathPickle puzzle and game designs engage a wide spectrum of student abilities while targeting the following Standards for Mathematical Practice:
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.
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.