These Contiguous States and Capitals Magic Square Puzzles Games make it quick and easy for teachers to provide hands on activities that meet the needs of all students!
You’ve taught the states and capitals, but now your students need more practice. Have students match the 48 contiguous states and capitals. (Sorry Alaska and Hawaii! Each Magic Square Puzzle holds 24 facts, so it made sense to go with 48 states.)
Each Magic Square puzzle will have students match 24 states and capitals. The words around the outside of each puzzle are state capitals that are not being used in that puzzle.
You will get two puzzles – but each with two formats (one with pictures and one without) to differentiate and meet the needs of all your students.
When your students use the puzzles with the graphics, remind them they are directional only. The state represented does not necessarily have any correlation to the state or capital on that puzzle piece.
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 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 state graphics will all be facing the correct direction – unless you are using one of the Magic Squares with no graphics. Those students will have a bit more of a challenge, which is great for differentiation.
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 graphics or words are in the correct order.
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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. Help your students master their states and capitals today!
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