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Math Logic Puzzles – Sequencing – Enrichment Activities

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Birds on a Wire is a fun way to help students improve their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students must use logic and reasoning to create a set of birds on a wire that satisfies all the clues in the puzzle. The activities require them to analyze statements about relationships, evaluate a solution to see if it meets given criteria, explain their reasoning, create more than one solution to a problem, and generate their own problems and solutions.

Students need to understand relative positions of objects using such terms as beside, in front of, behind, and next to in addition to ordinal numbers. The puzzles are differentiated and increase in complexity moving from 3 birds on a wire to 5 birds on a wire puzzles.

These activities may be used with the whole group in the morning as a daily challenge, in small groups, or ina math center. They are great for early finishers!


  • 8 three birds on a wire puzzles with clues
  • 12 four birds on a wire puzzles with clues
  • 16 five birds on a wire puzzles with clues
  • 2 puzzles requiring students to create multiple combinations of birds on a wire
  • An activity where students create their own Birds on a Wire puzzles
  • Bird cards to use as manipulatives to help solve the puzzles
  • 2 sets of answer key cards – one in color and one in b/w
  • 1 set of student response sheets

PLEASE NOTE: The digital versions of the files are store on Google™ Drive and formatted as Google™ Slides. You will need a Google™ Classroom or Google™ Drive account to access these files. There is a PDF file included in the download with links to the three files. You will click on each link. A page will appear that allows you to make a copy of the file to your Google™ account.

© Susan Morrow This purchase is for single classroom use only. Sharing this resource with multiple teachers, an entire school, or an entire school system is strictly forbidden. Multiple licenses are available at a discount.




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