Math Fun and Games
View All »
ConundrumsConundrums are puzzles that involve a pun. I like to use them in my classes is to foster critical thinking and questioning skills. I read a conundrum - perhaps put it on a screen for the class to read - and then allow only yes or no questions to be asked by the class. Sometimes they are so into asking the questions and tryin g to solve the puzzle, that it gets carried away! I never give in and sometimes let it go on for a day or two (no more than 5 minutes of questions per day). After the class gets the idea of conundrums, they usually start to bring in their own - to limited success. So, here's my favorite one: Romeo and Juliette were found dead on the floor. There was water and broken gless near them. How did they die? Remember - yes or no questions only. Answers in a week!