Full lesson plan: magic squares

Over the summer, I occasionally teach a small summer math class for my daughter and her friends around my dining room table. Mostly to preserve the memory for future years… and to provide a resource to my friends who wonder what their children are learning… I’ll write up the best of these lesson plans in full detail.

This was perhaps my favorite: fostering algebraic thinking through the use of 3×3 magic squares, which have the property that the numbers in every row, column, and diagonal have the same sum.


This lesson plan is written in a 5E format — engage, explore, explain, elaborate, evaluate — which promotes inquiry-based learning and fosters student engagement.

Magic Squares Lesson Plan

Post Assessment 1

Post Assessment 2

Vocabulary Sheet

Magic Squares Examples



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