
06560927
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Namakshi, Nama
Bhattacharyya, Sonalee
Starkey, Christina
Linker, JeanneMarie
Mystical magic squares.
Math. Teach. Middle Sch. 20, No. 6, 372377 (2015).
2015
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Reston, VA
EN
A20
F33
K23
F63
magic squares
history
student activities
worksheets
recreational mathematics
problem solving
lower secondary
http://www.nctm.org/Publications/mathematicsteachinginmiddleschool/2015/Vol20/Issue6/MysticalMagicSquares/
From the text: Mathematical puzzles, like magic squares, have generated tremendous interest among children and adults alike for thousands of years. They also represent one way that cultures throughout history have ascribed mystical properties to numbers. In the classroom, magic squares present a great opportunity to make historical connections and explore problem solving in a fun way. Magic squares can also support many of NCTM's Principles and Standards, including the Connections and Number and Operations Standards. In this activity, students develop number sense, explore operations, practice their problemsolving skills, investigate the distributive and commutative properties, and learn about mathematical history in a fun and engaging manner.