Below I will go through each level and show an example of how I would tackle each, including my thought process. I believe if you can get the idea of a way to look at these, then working through each should be much less frustrating! Then Dodger's horrible party can be put to an end!
The same strategy applies for the harder ones. I'll demonstrate these steps in both the 4 x 4 grids in MEDIUM, and the 5 x 5 Grids in HARD.
For the HARD Level of Dodger's Party, the Magic Squares are 5 x 5. These look a little bit more daunting than they really are . . . but, they do require a bit more skill in hunting for that secret row, column or diagonal to help progress through the square smoothly. More math is involved too since more numbers will be required to be summed up, and the magic numbers get bigger.
Again, I will demonstrate with the same steps used above (Easy and Medium) to show the completion of the more challenging one.
Achieve Chapter 3 of the Math Quest using the same strategy as in the above demonstrations. You just may need to crank up the brain power a bit more to tackle these though. Watch out cranky teapot!
So that's the special strategy to conquering the challenge faced at Dodger's Party.
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.
Here's another cool math trick to teach your kids! Get them to try it with lots of different numbers to sneak in some extra math practice, whilst amazing them that the answer is always 5!
If the answer isn't 5, then a calculation mistake was made and so needs to be redone. You could get your students to show the math on a piece of paper to check.
A fun and challenging activity that you could give your students is to get them to try and explain how this trick works.
Example of using this trick:
Step 1: I choose 100
Step 2: Double it = 200
Step 3: Add 10 = 210
Step 4: Halve it = 105
Step 5: 105 - (100)
I love math tricks and so do my students! They are a great way to get kids thinking about numbers and operations whilst adding a bit of 'magic' to the process. Below is a fantastic math trick you could try with your kids that will get them multiplying, adding, doubling, dividing and subtracting . . . and if done right the answer will always be 15 no matter what number was chosen in step 1!
I like to use these at the start of a math lesson for a quick math mental warm up, or if there are a few precious minutes to spare that need to be filled with something educational.
I've included an example of the process underneath the image below.
Step 1: I'm thinking 100
Step 2: 100 X 3 = 300
Step 3: 300 + 45 = 345
Step 4: Double 345 = 690
Step 5: 690/6 = 115
Step 6: 115 - 100 = 15!
Here is another great math trick that I recently found and would be great to teach your students or kids. The fun part is that they can choose ANY number at the start and, if they perform the calculations correctly, the answer will always be 8! Give it a go and try it out with a few different numbers to begin with.
Step 1: Come up with any number.
Step 2: Subtract 1 from this number.
Step 3: Multiply your answer with the number 3.
Step 4: Add 12 to the number.
Step 5: Divide the result by 3.
Step 6: Add another 5 to your answer in Step 5.
Step 7: Subtract the first number you came up with at the start (Step 1) from the number you resulted in at the end of Step 6.
The Answer will be Number 8!
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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