This Exponents Math Center Game is a great way to get your students a hands-on, engaging critical thinking game! Plus this math center exponents activity is a quick and easy way for teachers to provide meaningful learning that meets the needs of all students!
This puzzle will help your students practice matching exponents to the number they represent. The puzzle contains whole numbers 2 through 12 each to the power of two, numbers 2 through 10 each to the power of three, and numbers 2 through 5 each to the fourth power for a total of 24 exponents being practiced. The 24 numbers around the outside of the puzzle are numbers that are not used within the puzzle.
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You will be provided two of the same puzzle, but in a differentiated manner. The first puzzle has graphics so your students know the correct way the square should go. The second puzzle has no graphics, so it’s more challenging for the students who need it.
Preparation and Storage: You will need to print off the desired number of copies. These work well for centers, individual practice, or whole group instruction. Cut the magic squares out and put them into plastic baggies for students’ use. I put each set in its own plastic baggie. Then I put all of these baggies and one original sheet in a manila envelope with the name of the activity on the front. This way I have the answer key and all materials readily available.
Directions to Play: Give students the cut-up magic square sheet. Tell them they need to put the square back together. The first time you have the students complete one of these, I suggest drawing out a 4x4 square on the board so they understand what it should look like. You can also give them the hint (because I have found some do not figure this out!) that the graphics will all be facing the correct direction.
Correcting Student Work: To easily check a student’s completed work, keep an original copy of the magic square sheet they are working on. This way you can immediately check to see if the graphics or numbers are in the correct order or not.
This product can help teach CCSS 6.EE.A.1 and 5.NBT.B.6. While it will not fully address either of these standards, it will help students who need a more basic overview of exponents. This is why it works across grades 3-6.
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Magic Square Puzzles are great for centers, review, early and fast finishers, enrichment, GATE (gifted and talented education), and critical thinking skills. Students with special needs also do well with these once they understand the concept. Any student that needs a lesson in perseverance will benefit from Magic Square Puzzles. With this fun game format your students will stay engaged while practicing necessary skills!
Just print and quickly cut on the lines and you have instant learning centers that make skill practice fun and engaging.
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