Problem Solving – Palindrome Puzzle

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Classroom Problem Solving – Palindrome Puzzle – Using logical thinking students work out how many different ways the word ‘LEVEL’ can be created using the puzzle board.

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Problem Solving Activity

Palindrome Puzzle

Problem Solving Activity - Palindrome Puzzle

Problem Solving Activity – Palindrome Puzzle

What is a Palindrome?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that is spelled the same way forward as back. e.g. madam, level, mum, dad, ‘Do geese see god?’.

The Puzzle Task:

By placing a finger on the letter ‘L’ trace along the connecting lines to see how many different ways can you create the word ‘level’.

You can go forward and backward. You can use letters twice but when you get to a letter you must use it, you can’t skip over it.

Get Everyone Involved:

  • Display this free printable puzzle on your classroom door or in the classroom window. Students will bring their friends from other classes to try and solve it.
  • Send the link to this puzzle home with the students so the whole family can have a go.

Teaching Point:

  • To ensure all the possibilities are found it is probably best to devise a way of recording all the patterns used. The age-old problem-solving strategies of ‘work logically’ and ‘draw diagrams’ will serve you well in seeking a solution to this puzzle.