Teacher’s Helper – Math Puzzles

My sister is doing her student teaching this year, and she asked me to help her with a project she’d seen. A puzzle that you put together using math, it was a file she had seen, but she needed five different ones, so I created a template for her to use to make as many as she needed!

Below are two different ways to achieve the same end. There is one way to make the puzzle using Photoshop, and one way to just print and go!
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To Use the Photoshop Template file:
Step 1: Follow this link to my Dropbox: Photoshop Template file
Step 2: Click on the “Download” button, and choose “Direct Download”
Step 3: Open the file in Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Adobe Photoshop Elements
(I would suggest that every time you use the template, you open it, then save it with a new name before changing anything, so you don’t change the actual template)
Step 4: Go to the Horizontal Type Tool, the little “T” button on the side panel of photoshop
Step 5: Change all the numbers to make equations, or delete some of the numbers so it’s less confusing.
Step 6: Drag a background to the template, and layer it behind the puzzle pieces (also you could lighten it).
Step 7: Save the file as a “jpeg”
Step 8: Print out the puzzle on 8×11.5 white cardstock
Step 9: Cut out the puzzle pieces, and they are ready for leaning!
This screenshot is of the puzzle template, ready for typed equations, to be printed with/on top of a digital scrapbook paper.

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To Use the PNG file:
Step 1: Follow this link to my Dropbox: PNG file
Step 2: Click on the “Download” button, and choose “Direct Download”
Step 3: Print out the puzzle on 8×11.5 cardstock or scrapbook paper, (or using photoshop for digital scrapbook paper)
Step 4: Hand write equations on the puzzle
Step 9: Cut out the puzzle pieces, and they are ready for leaning!

This photo is of a puzzle that was printed using only the PNG file on top of a digital scrapbook paper, with handwritten equations.

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Hope this helps you out, and let me know if you have ANY questions, really! Contact Me Here

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3 Comments

  1. I love the post and I am so glad that I got to help with a post!!! WOOT WOOT! Hope it helps other teachers as well!

    Date: Thu, 5 Sep 2013 16:49:29 +0000 To: br_oden@msn.com

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  2. This is nice, but can I suggest that you also check out the Tarsia software. It is free, will produce a range of similar puzzles and shuffles the tiles for you before printing meaning that the printed version is not the solution, therefore the kids can do the cutting themselves.

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