Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thrifty Thursday ~ DIY Poster Board Puzzles

I hope you read yesterday's post because this week's Thrifty Thursday relates right back to it!

I told you about a Social Studies review lesson on ethnic groups for 7th grade.

I shared the puzzle and the PowerPoint with you....

BUT, I made the card stock puzzles for the other 8 SS teachers on my hall...

AND, I did a special set for myself!

{Sounds mean, I know.  I really intended for everyone to have a special set, but I simply ran out of time.  I had to opt for printing off and cutting out 48 puzzles instead of making them SPECIAL!!!}

So, what made my set special...and the same time?

I made my puzzles out of poster board so they were even bigger and better and more fun!

Here are some pics below and keep in mind my camera skills and trying to hurry and catch all the excitement.

All 6 posters before I cut them into puzzles.

Students working on puzzles...

The finished products...

While the other classes said the puzzles were a hit, I think the poster-sized puzzles were an even bigger hit!

That's why I'm sharing this idea for Thrifty Thursday.

For the cost of a few sheets of poster board and a few minutes of planning and cutting, I got a great, re-usuable, student-approved review activity.

The possibilities for this idea are endless!

Let me know if you give this a shot...and please let me know what content/topic you created your puzzles for.

I LOVE reading comments!!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

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  1. this looks great! I'm going to try it for sure!

  2. This looks like so much fun! I have a question (call me stupid!)-when you gave them out to the students did you just give each group the pieces to 1 puzzle or die you mix them all up to make it harder? :)

    I will be teaching 5th/6th grade American history for the 1st time next year and am trying to find great ideas for bringing it alive this summer before school starts!

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