These Back to School magic squares will allow students to apply logic and critical thinking from day one! You can learn a lot about your students as they complete the puzzle…. What strategies do they use? How do they handle challenges? Are they easily frustrated? Do they rush, or slow and methodically? This is a great individual activity students can work on as you complete first day tasks, such as greeting students, taking attendance, collecting supplies, etc. It may also be used in small groups as an ice breaker and to promote team building.
To prepare, print out one magic square page per student (or small group), and cut along the lines. To increase durability, you may want to print on to cardstock and laminate. Place in small plastic baggies and they are ready to use!
Your purchase includes two versions of Magic Squares—a 3x3 grid and a 4x4 grid. The 3x3 grid may be suitable for 1st-3rd grades, while the larger grid is recommended for 4th grade and up. Enjoy!