Let your students practice their music note and symbol recognition with these addicting Magic Square Puzzles! Magic Square Puzzles make it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on activities that meet the needs of all students!
Puzzles 1-3 – match twelve notes/symbols to the correct term (3x3 puzzles)
Puzzles 4-5 – match 24 notes/symbols to the correct term (4x4 puzzles)
**Some of the terms are repeated in Puzzles four and five since there are only 36 total terms used in this product.
Here are the various musical terms your students will be working with:
Bass clef, quarter note, half note, whole note, eighth note, sixteenth note, quarter rest, half rest, whole rest, eighth rest, dotted half note, piano (soft), repeat, common time, sharp, flat, natural, crescendo, decrescendo, fermata (pause), sixteenth rest, Treble clef, cut time, fore (loud), breath mark, tie or slur, bold double bar graph, Coda, forte-piano, mezzo piano, pianissimo, fortissimo, time signature, mezzo forte, common time, and measure
There are five different puzzles in this product. However, there are two of each puzzle – one with words around the outside and one without. You choose whether your students need a little more of a challenge with the extra words. This is differentiation at its finest!
Preparation and Storage:
You will need to print off the number of copies you need. (I recommend printing them on cardstock and laminating them.) I have used these as individual work, partner work, and small group work. They also work well for students who finish early or for use during center time. 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 3x3 or 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 pictures cannot be upside down.
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 pictures or numbers are in the correct order or not.
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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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