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Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares by Frank…

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares

by Frank Murphy

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In the book, "Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares" is about the historic life of Ben Franklin and the inventions he did. Through all his inventions, this book focuses on the magic box. Throughout the book it shares adding numbers that the magic box has and how numbers line up. I like this book because it shares different ways teachers and kids can teach and learn about Ben.
This book would bring fun activities to any classroom. We can have a week where we learn about Ben and do some of his inventions in class, this would incorporate history and science together. We could also do an experiment to text one of Ben's theories. The students could also do a timeline of events happening in Ben's life and other events happening.
  Courtjl | Mar 7, 2017 |
A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the "magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal!
  wichitafriendsschool | May 11, 2016 |
I thought this book was pretty good. It was well written with interesting facts about Ben Franklin's life and his inventions. After the brief synopsis of his life the book went on to tell the story of how he came up with the magic squares. It was also great, because it gave definitions to words that a reader might not know. For example, on page 20 the word clerk is brought up and because it might not be a well known word the book briefly defines it. The book also becomes interactive at the end when it tells the reader how to make their own magic square! ( )
  abrozi1 | Oct 6, 2014 |
A great more advanced early reader for children who are learning to read on their own. It has a simple story that weaves some historical truths into fiction. Ben Franklin is a kid who is always inventing things and as an adult entertains himself by creating magic squares. A great fun read for kids who like history and the illustrations are caricature like.A great appeal because of the well known names in the book.
  Tvickrey | Mar 11, 2014 |
Summary: This is a story about the life of Benjamin Franklin, and his many accomplishments. How smart he is, and how he is always thinking, writing, inventing, and experimenting. Also the ages he was when he made these discoveries. Also goes into more detail on how he discovered the magical math square.

Personal Reaction: I like this book, it was very informational but in a very fun way for kids. This book holds so much information about Ben Franklin and his live and accomplishments. I also like the author's notes in the back on how to make your very own math squares.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Give your students their own magic math squares to solve and let them work in groups or individually.
2. Let them make their own math square, pick the sum of all digits and figure out how to make it, then trade with classmates to see who can solve each others math squares.
3. Tape off a big math square on the carpet and have cut out letters for the children to use manipulatives to solve the puzzle.
  ElizabethNagel | Oct 27, 2013 |
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A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the "magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal! Teachers and kids will love finding out about this popular teaching tool that is still used in elementary schools today!

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Shows how Benjamin Franklin, inventor, writer and scientist, created a puzzle called the magic square to keep from being bored while serving as clerk for the Pennsylvania Assembly. Includes step-by-step instructions for creating your own magic squares.… (more)

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