The Human Knot
To introduce knots, students had to form the human knot and then try to untangle themselves without letting go of each other's hands. Below are the classes trying to get out of the human knot. Some classes were successful and some were not. They all learned that teamwork was the key to untangling the knot. After the human knot, students read about the Gordian knot and the knot from Maniac Magee. I had a puzzle called the Gordian knot and some students were able to undo the Gordian knot by using different strategies.