Thinking on the Outside of the Box

Use logic to figure out what is on the "unseen" side of the cube. The flexible format allows innovative puzzles to be created for a wide range of subjects and abilities.

Grades Covered: 1 through 12
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Math

Curriculum topics:
  • Problem Solving
  • Innovation
  • Puzzles
Standards
Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.
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National Standards

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 1 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 2 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 3 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 8 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// High School /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 1 /// Science and Engineering Practices )

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 2 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 5 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// High School /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • 5. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions and perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 4 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 7 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 1. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, & to address the content of the other strands, students should develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 9-12 /// 05. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 2.0 Students solve problems and justify their reasoning.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 1 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to set up a problem.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 1 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students solve problems and justify their reasoning.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 2 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students note connections between one problem and another.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 2 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 3 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 3 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students use strategies, skills and concepts in finding solutions.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students use strategies, skills and concepts in finding solutions.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 2.0 Students use strategies, skills, and concepts in finding solutions.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 3.0 Students determine a solution is complete and move beyond a particular problem by generalizing to other situations.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to set up a problem:

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 2 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 1 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 3 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 1.0 Students make decisions about how to approach problems.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// 05. Mathematical Reasoning)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 2 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Student will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 6 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 9. Investigation and Experimentation

    (CA Science /// Grade 8 /// 01. Physical Sciences)


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