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.
This was a good book for children third grade and below. I learned a lot from it; it was a cute book.
In the classroom i would read this book aloud when talking about Ben. I would then have them draw their favorite invention by Ben.
This story is full of cute quotes along with cartoon like pictures. This story provides an interesting solution to get students reading and learning history. The last pages in the book give instructions on how to create your own magic square. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves solving these puzzles. I have tried but I’m not so good at it!
I would use this story in my class to introduce Ben Franklin. After reading this story I would have students to do more research on Ben Franklin. They would write a paper on his life and inventions. I would encourage them to discover other inventions of Franklins not mentioned in the story. As a class we would discuss what life would be like without these inventions. For a math lesson I would read this story and have students create their own magic square.
I enjoyed this biography about Ben Franklin. It was very well written with information about some of his inventions. It had very colorful pictures that depicted the colonial days very well.
Give each child a sheet of paper with 3 squares in rows across, and 3 squares in the columns and see if they can make up a magic square. Have the students list some of his inventions.
I thought the book was really to much information about what all Ben Franklin invented and I think the littler kids wood get tired of reading so many things. It really didnt focuse on the magic squares that much either.
I would have the children come up with a classroom invention of their own, and maybe write a paragraph about Ben Franklin and what they thought of the book.
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.