Music in the Duomo is a fun and interesting logic puzzle, set in the “Duomo” of Milan, the second biggest cathedral in Italy. 8 animal musicians are planning a concert in the Duomo; they are talented but picky when it comes to choosing their position in the Duomo. The students need to place all animals in the eight windows and doorways of the Duomo following what the animals want.



5 − 7

(but may be adapted to other grades)

Mathematical Goals
  • Practice inductive and deductive reasoning.
  • Practice argumentation, by explaining mathematical reasonings.
  • Learn and apply strategies for dealing with incomplete information.
  • Learn and practice two dimensional thinking using special vocabulary and spatial directions (left, right, opposites, distances, etc).

30 − 40 minutes
Mathematical Standards promoted
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them (MP1)
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others (MP3)
  • Use appropriate tools strategically (MP5)
  • Attend to precision (MP6)
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning (MP8)


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