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Math Mystery:

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Easter Math Quest: Raiders of The Lost Egg
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The levels Easy, Medium and Hard can also be separately if you do not need them all. Click here to find the three levels in one bundle in my TPT store! 
Below you will find five super cute Easter Brain Breaks that you can use with your kids.
Get them out of their seats to move around with the dance on the videos, or let them make up their own moves with the music. I sometimes like to turn it into a freeze game  pause the music = freeze until it starts again. These are a great way to transition between lessons, or use to help get students refocused in the classroom. Happy Easter and enjoy! 
The Bunny Hokey Pokey
The Easter Bunny Bop
Easter Bunny Song
Bunny Bounce Yoga
Beep Beep  Snuggle Bunny
Check out these fun video hooks that have been designed to introduce Easter Math Mysteries and Quest in an exciting way!
Case of The Egg Thief 
Case of The Rotten Eggs 
Math Quest: Raiders of The Lost Egg
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I remember doing magic squares when I was back at school, and to be honest I recall finding them confusing and frustrating at best! There are a few different ways to presenting Magic Squares. In my recent Math Quest: 'Raiders of The Lost Egg', Chapter 3 'Dodger's Party' I chose to give the Magic Number to the students to work with and have a number of tiles filled in already. I figured this way it would take a lot of the usual frustration out of Magic Squares and help level the playing field for everyone to attempt. However, these magic squares still require some strategic thinking and of course math.
I always believe in giving students the opportunity to think about their own strategies and ways to attack magic squares, but I also don't like to leave anyone feeling completely helpless and left behind. So this strategy trick I am about to explain is aimed at giving to those who are getting fed up with the activity and need a helpful nudge to power on. So, first I recommend allowing students to see if they can figure out a strategy on their own. You could then discuss/share with the class about what students came up with and what they are finding difficult. Getting too stressed? Then carry out the modeling of completing these as I have outlined in this post to take the frustration away! Below are images of Chapter 3 "Dodger's Party" (I've shown the Chapter presented in each of the difficulty levels). In this chapter, students are faced with some angry cutlery and crockery released by the dodgy rabbit, Dodger. To turn them back into regular items, the magic squares must be completed. It might look a bit overwhelming at first, but there is an easy strategy to conquering these magic squares at all levels 'Easy, Medium & Hard.' I will show and demonstrate a simple strategy that works with all of these Magic Squares 
EASY LEVEL
5 + 3 = 8
15  8 = 7 
In the example to the right, the magic number is 15. So, all rows, columns and diagonals must equal the sum of 15 to be completed correctly.
Step 1. First look for where only one number is needed to complete a row, column or diagonal. As circled, there is only one spot needed to complete the middle row, because the numbers 5 and 3 are already given. Step 2. Add 5 and 3 together (= 8). So to work out the last remaining square, subtract 8 from the magic number 15. This equals 7. Giving the first completed row of the magic square. Step 3. As in Step 1, look for where another row, column or diagonal only needs one more spot filled. In this EASY 3 x 3 grid, there are a few options here to choose from. In the image to the right I've chosen the diagonal, where I only need the bottom left square to complete. Step 4. Exactly as in Step 2, first add the known numbers. 2 + 5 = 7 Then, subtract that total from the Magic Number 15  7 = 8 Keep carrying out Step 1 and 2 after completing each row, column or diagonal until the whole square is complete. Step 5. Once your magic square is complete.Check all of the sums to make sure each row, column and diagonal equal the magic number. 
MEDIUM LEVEL
The Medium Level of Chapter 3 "Dodger's Party", contains 4 x 4 grid Magic Squares. These are a bit more challenging than the easy version, but the strategy to attacking them is the same! It just means a bit more math work in this step up.
In the example to the right, the Magic Number is 46. So, each row, column and diagonal need to equal 46. Step 1. Look for a row, column or diagonal where only one spot is needed to complete it. There are four options that I can see in the example, but I will just circle the most obvious one to begin with. Step 2. Add all of those numbers together: 7 + 12 + 19 = 38 Then subtract this total from the Magic Number 46  38 = 8 Pop the 8 in the empty spot. Step 3. Rinse and repeat steps 1 and 2 until the whole square is complete. The key is to keep looking for those special rows, columns or diagonals that only have one spot to solve. Solving those starts to open up more rows, columns and diagonals that can easily be completed with confidence (and no frustrating trial and error). Step 4. Check that the sums of each row, column and diagonal equal the magic number to make sure you have done it correctly. See, there ain't nothing scary about this tea party! 
Again, I will demonstrate with the same steps used above (Easy and Medium) to show the completion of the more challenging one.
HARD LEVEL
Step 1. Look for a row, column or diagonal where only one tile spot is empty. I chose the most obvious one in the example to the right. Can you find the other?
Step 2. Add up all of the numbers in that row. 13 + 2 + 21 + 24 = 60 Subtract 60 away from the magic number 70. 70  60 = 10 Write 10 in the empty tile. Step 3. Rinse and repeat Step 1 and 2. The key is to look for those easy to solve spots. When you only have one tile left in a row, column or diagonal . . . it takes out the frustrating aspect of trial and error. Step 4. Check that all of your sums in each row, column and diagonal add up to the magic number. 
The full resource that I have been referring to during this Magic Square post is down below. You can click through to find out more about it in my TPT store. It is a fun math quest involving six challenging chapters to work through. Students can end up with one of four possible endings.
A fun video hook is also provided to introduce the activity to your students and create excitement. Great for extra practice and review, early finishers, enrichment, or the sub tub.
Individual levels can be purchased separately, or bundled at a reduced price to allow for differentiation.
View the Video Hook HERE 
CLICK HERE to find the differentiated bundle of this Math Quest 
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