Math Curiosity: Magic Squares

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Objective

Students arrange integers into squares so that each row, column, and diagonal will add up to the same sum.

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Steps

  1. I introduce the idea of a magic square and then start students off with a 3×3 square that has 5 in the middle.
  2. As an extra hint, I reveal that the sums must all equal 15.
  3. Finally, I reveal the solution and challenge your students to try a 4×4 magic square!

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