Looking for a fun way to practice vocabulary that will also work the mathematical side of your brain? Give MAGIC SQUARES a try!!
(vocabulary created with the middle/high school student in mind)
This strategy can be used at every grade level and makes learning vocabulary more interesting and interactive!
Magic Squares began in China several thousands of years ago. Squares are assigned numbers which, when added across, down or diagonally always equal the same sum.
1-have students match a lettered column of words to a numbered column of definitions.
2- make sure letters on each square of the grid match the lettered words.
3-Have students find the “magic number” by matching the correct word and definition and entering the number in the appropriate square on the grid.
4-the Magic squares are basically a self-check. If the student matched them up correctly before entering them into the grid, then the magic square will add up correctly, if they didn’t know the correct matches before entering them, the magic squares won’t work!
Included in this download: SIX Magic Squares with NINE vocabulary words per game for: St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary, weather words, basketball terms (March Madness College b-ball!!), color related words, “Spring changes” terms and flower related terms. The vocabulary is geared toward upper elementary/middle school and high school students.
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