Simply put, they are images that have been cut into strips and when put in the correct order the image is revealed.
Many classrooms use Strip Puzzles to help a student with ordering things. This can be ordering numbers, ordering the letters in a word or even patterns.
Strip Puzzles are a great way for students to practice number recognition as they count out the numbers in order. When done correctly there is an immediate satisfaction knowing that they accomplished something because the image reveals itself. This is called the control of error in a Montessori Classroom but is a way for students to check their own work. Perfect for independent work in any classroom.
A few other ways to use Strip Puzzles are in teaching sight words, spelling words, or even a foreign language.
I first created a few strip puzzles to help a student that was having some issues recognizing her numbers and counting in order. But as I created the first set to go along with my Color Posters, I decided that this would be a perfect way to teach the color names in Spanish since we are a bilingual school.
The uses are endless!
Head on over to my blog and see how we are using them in our classroom and grab a FREEBIE while you are at it. Click the image below to get your FREE Penguin Number Fluency 1-10 Strip Puzzle.
What are some of your favorite ways to teach number recognition or spelling? Let me know in the comments below. I'll add them to the list!
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