Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares


It's a Month of Math!

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares, by Frank Murphy and illustrated by Richard Walz, gives children a look at magic squares (grid with nine spaces that use the first 9 digits in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal rows to have the same sum).  This is a book that contains biographical information and some fiction in explaining how Ben Franklin discovered magic squares.  Its’s fun to make up some magic squares of your own after reading the book.  It’s also amazing for children to learn about Ben Franklin’s accomplishments.  Leave some time to work on your magic squares after reading this book!

*Which of Ben Franklin’s accomplishments is the most amazing to you?
*What else would you like to learn about Ben Franklin?
*Can you make up some magic squares of your own?

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