Use these differentiated worksheets as an assignment in class or for homework to practice an array of math skills. Students will practice solving for algebraic variables. In addition, students will use their knowledge of addition and multiplication properties (e.g. associative, commutative, identity, zero and distributive) to logically reason the magic square sum.
Included in the download is an example of how to compute magic squares, a modified and advanced magic square worksheet. In a magic square, the sums of the numbers in each row, each column, and each diagonal are the same. The download also includes a modified and advanced version of the magic square activity worksheet. In both worksheets, the magic square contains variables. In the modified worksheet, students solve for the variable, list the property that was used and solve a simple magic square sum.
In the advanced worksheet, there are missing variables in the magic square in which students need to compute the missing numbers. Additionally, the algebraic equations involve multiple properties that students need to determine to solve for the variable and almost double the number of problems to be solved.