A Tangler is a puzzle that must be solved by a team. Groups of 3-6 students read and interpret clues in order to find the correct solution—but no one has all the information needed to find the answer on their own. In order to succeed, everyone must contribute. Players must share the information they have with teammates, and eliminate irrelevant clues, as they work together to reach a conclusion. Some Tanglers are fictional; others include interesting historical, geographic or scientific information.
Tanglers includes a lesson plan for using the puzzles, and another to help students create original puzzles of their own. Students can write Tanglers using based on their curriculum—a great way to integrate thinking skills into any content area. Students can also practice research skills as they search for the details that will make for an intriguing puzzle.
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About the Author
Richmond, Virginia Public Schools' Program for the Gifted. He has written dozens of books for young people and educators, including Brain Food and
Secrets of the Universe. His books The Big Bang and Parasites were both named Best Science Trade Books by the National Science Teachers
In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association's Award for Peace and International Relations; in 1999 he was honored with the Thomas
Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science
Education. Since retiring in 2005, Paul has served on the staff of the
Richmond Peace Education Center. More details are available at www.paulfleisher.com.
Table of Contents
Teachers’ Guide p. 4
Student Rule Sheet p. 8
Tanglers Puzzles 1-45 p. 9
Make Your Own Tanglers p. 79
Answer Key p. 81