Remarkable Idea – Planning and Reasoning – Maze Solutions

In this Remarkable Idea, students will look at a simple maze and write instructions on how to solve it.

This activity addresses:
  • Planning and reasoning skills
  • Cause and effect
  • Trial and error
  • Critical thinking
  • Alternative methods of access
What you need:
  • iTalk2 with Levels
  • Masking tape (to be used on the floor)
  • Maze worksheets (homemade)
  • Graph paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Permanent fine point marker
  • Picture symbols for “move” and “turn (counter clockwise)”
Preparation:
1. Write action words (move, turn, etc.) on popsicle sticks.
Create Mazes
1. U-shaped maze/pathway (the start will be at the left/top part of the U, the end will be the right/top)
2. “down, right, down, right” maze
3. Create other mazes you will want students to solve.
4. Choose one maze to re-create on the floor using masking tape.
5. Record “Move” and “Turn (counter clockwise)” onto the iTalk2 with Levels.

What to do:
1. Explain to students that you will be solving mazes by writing down all the steps first. Demonstrate this with the first “U-shape” maze.
2. Using the popsicle sticks and iTalk2 with Levels students will write their list of instructions. The top of the list should be the first step in the process.
3. The solution for the “U-shape” maze will be: Move, turn, move, turn, move.
4. In the “Down, right, down, right” maze, the trick will be to make the second turn (down) the students will need to use the “turn” command three times. The solution will be: Move, turn, move, turn, turn, turn, move, turn, move.
5. For the maze you created on the floor, split students into groups and have each group choose someone to go through the maze.
6. After they have all of their instructions allow each team to check their solution by sending their representative through the maze, while someone tells them the instructions using the iTalk2 with Levels.

Script:
“We are going to be guiding our friend through the maze, but we need to give him/her all the instructions before they can try it.“

Additional suggestions:
With added rules, this activity can become extremely complex for any student. Create other types of obstacles or rules to add difficulty to the puzzles (ex. jump over an obstacle, go to the end and then come back, etc.)
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