Zach’s Lie: Magic Squares

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Individuals match vocabulary words within a magic square, a concept that ties in nicely with math class. The words are all located in Zach's Lie and were specifically selected to increase comprehension of the text. Fifth in a series of seven resources, the class finds the magic number from their magic square and learns valuable vocabulary in the process. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a word wall in your room of the vocabulary words that you're using for the lesson; keep returning to these words throughout the week/unit
  • As a follow-up activity, play Word Sneak with your class 
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider having readers identify their own vocabulary words to individualize instruction 
Pros

  • Perfect for students to complete as they are reading Zach's Lie as a reading strategy
Cons

  • The rigor of the activity could be increased: matching is one of the lowest levels in Bloom's Taxonomy or Webb's Depth of Knowledge
Common Core