**Grade Level:**This activity is suitable for students in grades 2 – 8

**Objective:**Get the value of each row, column, and diagonal to equal 15

**Task:**

**Ways to Utilize the Activity:**

- Where do you start?
- What problem solving strategy can you use to solve this problem?
- Are there certain numbers that must be located in a specific box? If so, which ones? Why?
- Is there more than one solution? If so, what is it?

This magic square can be included on a math menu or used on a menu of problem solving station options.

**Variation:**Allow students to work with foam numbers or numbers written on sticky notes or index cards so that they can easily manipulate the number placements.

**Learn More:**Have students research how Benjamin Franklin created the magic square.

**Note:**You can download this freebie here.

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