(Ariel's teacher changed the original problem to be better suited for the students. Instead of brands of cigarettes, she switched them to hobbies.)
Here's the problem:
1. There are five houses, each of a different color and inhabited by men of different nationalities, with different pets, drinks, and hobbies.
2. The Englishman lives in the red house.
3. The Spaniard owns the dog.
4. Coffee is drunk in the green house.
5. The Ukrainian drinks tea.
6. The green house is immediately to the right of the white house.
7. The golfer owns snails.
8. The photographer lives in the yellow house.
9. Milk is drunk in the middle house.
10. The Norwegian lives in the first house on the left.
11. The tennis player lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
12. The photographer lives in the house next to the house where the horse is kept.
13. The gardener drinks orange juice.
14. The Japanese man likes to paint.
15. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
NOW.. Who owns the zebra... AND Who drinks the water?
I've included a worksheet if you want to print it out. We used it to take our notes on.
We systematically went down the list and crossed off all the things that didn't apply, and circled when we found a match. We also got some crayons out and colored in the houses as we figured out their color. Some things were very easy to cross off and figure out, and some required intense thinking.
It was quite fun to work through the problem with my daughter. We had it finished in about 30 minutes!