As any middle or high school ELA teacher knows, students don’t often have the vocabulary acquisition skills to allow us to approach reading comprehension successfully in class. Add that to their own lack of interest in vocabulary, and the teacher is left feeling hopeless.
This magic square strategy is one you can adapt to fit any set of vocabulary words and will both enhance engagement and vocabulary knowledge. Here’s how to use the strategy:
• The “magic” in a magic square just means that all rows, columns, and diagonals add up to the same sum.
• When the square is paired with vocabulary words, your students are left with a self-checking worksheet that saves you time and also ensures they have the right words and definitions matched up.
In this download, you will get three templates, keys, and student copies for creating a custom magic square for any set of vocabulary.
The lesson is perfect to send for homework or would be a great element in a station rotation.
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