Mathorama with Ms. Math: Unit 2 Video Lessons

Unit 2: Hands-On Math Puzzles

Lesson 1: The Broken Heart Puzzle

This week we begin with the first lesson in our puzzle-making unit with a dissection puzzle called the Broken Heart. You'll need cardstock (or construction paper), a compass, a ruler, scissors, and a 'stay in the struggle' attitude. Once you have finished the first puzzle, try out more challenges here! If you have any questions, check the Catalyst Google Calendar for live office hours with Ms. Math. Happy puzzle-making with Ms. Math and Bright & Quirky's program manager, Jessica Sudler!

Lesson 2: The Broken Egg Puzzle

Welcome to week two! For our second lesson, you'll need cardstock (or construction paper), a compass, a ruler, and scissors. We'll create a puzzle called the Broken Egg today, and then we'll use the pieces of the puzzle to create different birds! We'll also talk about transformational geometry and division by zero. If you're ready for a challenge after you finish the egg, click here to create more birds. If you have any questions, check the Catalyst Google Calendar for live sessions of Ms. Math's Mentor Time (office hours). Happy puzzle-making!



Rachel McAnallen, PhD

Known simply as Ms. Math to children across the country, Dr. Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. A professional educator for more than 60 years, she travels the globe teaching her subject at every grade level. Recently Rachel has co-authored with Carol Williams, children’s math books and teaching manuals that accompany the books. A life-long learner, Rachel approaches the world around her with a boundless curiosity and a playful sense of humor that is reflected in her teaching style. She believes that mathematics is a language to be spoken, a music to be heard, an art to be seen, and a dance to be performed.

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1 Comment

  1. Eva on September 5, 2020 at 2:41 am

    Thank you Rachel. That was such fun making the heart. I loved the geometric constructions and also finding the geometrical shapes as well as the angles. I can’t wait until next time

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