Maniac Magee: Magic Number Strategy

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Take a break from reading to find the magic number with this vocabulary game using words drawn from Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee.  Participants match the definition to the word in each numbered square of the puzzle, then add the number in the squares of the rows and columns to equal the magic number.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Pair class members to complete the puzzle 
  • Projecting the worksheet and used as a game to be played by the entire class
Classroom Considerations
  • Puzzle activity assumes readers have been exposed to the vocabulary words 
  • Worksheet has a very small font so consider adjusting the size, or recreate entire worksheet using a larger font and grid
  • The puzzle is a captavating approach to learning vocabulary
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