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CYBERBEE: Shaping Minds with Puzzles

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jan 1, 2006
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From a very early age, children are fascinated with puzzles. Put a puzzle on the classroom table and students will gravitate to it. Why are puzzles so appealing? What value do they offer to the learning process? You will want to read Barbara White's informative article "Are Jigsaw Puzzles Educational?" []. White concludes that jigsaw puzzles are educational when they are included as part of the learning objective. Solving different kinds of puzzles can help students to visualize and understand concepts, learn vocabulary, and build problem-solving skills. Allowing students to create puzzles reinforces their knowledge of the subject. See the sidebar "National Academic Content Standards" for corresponding standards. The Web sites listed here contain interactive puzzles that can be completed online.


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