# Perfect Magic Square

Drag the numbers onto the grid so that the following groups of four numbers all have the same sum: each row, each column, each diagonal, the four corners, and each two by two square.

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#### 3 by 3 Magic Square

If the four by four magic square is too big for you why not try this smaller, easier puzzle.

Transum.org/go/?to=magic

#### Magic Square Puzzle

Find all of the possible ways of making the magic total from the numbers in this four by four magic square.

Transum.org/go/?to=magicsquarepuzzle

#### Hexagram Star

Arrange the twelve numbers on the hexagram so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

Transum.org/go/?to=hexstar

#### Magic Square Jigsaw

Arrange the jigsaw pieces on the grid so that the numbers in each line add up to the same total.

Transum.org/go/?to=magjig

## Transum.org

This web site contains over a thousand free mathematical activities for teachers and pupils. Click here to go to the main page which links to all of the resources available.

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Mathematicians are not the people who find Maths easy; they are the people who enjoy how mystifying, puzzling and hard it is. Are you a mathematician?

Comment recorded on the 23 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Judy, Chatsmore CHS:

"This triangle starter is excellent. I have used it with all of my ks3 and ks4 classes and they are all totally focused when counting the triangles."

Comment recorded on the 28 May 'Starter of the Day' page by L Smith, Colwyn Bay:

"An absolutely brilliant resource. Only recently been discovered but is used daily with all my classes. It is particularly useful when things can be saved for further use. Thank you!"

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##### Featured Activity

The Transum Newsletter for August 2024 has just been published. Click on the image above to read about the latest developments on this site and try to solve the puzzle of the month. You can read the newsletter online or listen to it by downloading the podcast.

## Numeracy

"Numeracy is a proficiency which is developed mainly in Mathematics but also in other subjects. It is more than an ability to do basic arithmetic. It involves developing confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires understanding of the number system, a repertoire of mathematical techniques, and an inclination and ability to solve quantitative or spatial problems in a range of contexts. Numeracy also demands understanding of the ways in which data are gathered by counting and measuring, and presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables."

Secondary National Strategy, Mathematics at key stage 3

## Go Maths

Learning and understanding Mathematics, at every level, requires learner engagement. Mathematics is not a spectator sport. Sometimes traditional teaching fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of interactive activities and this web site provides many of those. The Go Maths main page links to more activities designed for students in upper Secondary/High school.

## Teachers

If you found this activity useful don't forget to record it in your scheme of work or learning management system. The short URL, ready to be copied and pasted, is as follows:

Alternatively, if you use Google Classroom, all you have to do is click on the green icon below in order to add this activity to one of your classes.

It may be worth remembering that if Transum.org should go offline for whatever reason, there are mirror site at Transum.info that contains most of the resources that are available here on Transum.org.

When planning to use technology in your lesson always have a plan B!

Laogui, Laogui32@gmail.com

Saturday, May 14, 2022

"There is a questions after Check in the magic square puzzle 'are there any more solutions' but there seems to be no way to respond - I indeed found a 4*4 level 4 square with two solutions. I am using the puzzles with a 10 year old Vietnamese speaker as a way to teach English maths and logic. It resolved to 8 cells, 4 ab/ba pairs. I use Kenken in the same way. I am an online ESL teacher but teach also Python and Maths, even Chemistry and Physics."

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