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   Question:

Can you connect 9 dots laid out 3x3 using 4 straight lines, without lifting your pencil from the paper?

   Suggested Materials:

paper
pencil
4 sticks of uncooked spaghetti and 9 pennies

or 4 toothpicks and 9 Cheerios or other flat breakfast cereal
or whatever other manipulative is handy to simulate the lines and dots

   Procedure:

  1. Place 9 "dots" on your desk or table.

  2. Using the 4 sticks experiment with connecting the dots using 4 straight lines. (Or just use pencil and paper.)



   Questions to ask yourself as you work:

  1. Can you do the puzzle if the lines do not cross each other?

  2. Must your lines stay within the grid of dots?

  3. What if you extend a line past the edges of the arrangement of dots?

A hint...

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