Whether you are looking for some inspiration to get your kids excited to write a story, or want to have a fun 'detective' discussion, the prompt below can be used for just that and more.
SUGGESTION FOR USE
Remind everyone that there's no right and wrong, otherwise there would be no room for creative thinking in this task.
Now, I think it is only fair for students to find out what actually happened. Was anyone close to figuring it out?
You may wish to skip this option, but to shed some light to the mystery prompt, here's my story of what happened in the video below.
Solve the case! Is Coolrog really innocent? Or which monster should be put behind bars for this crime?
If you are interested in extending this mystery activity by integrating it with your math lesson and giving your students lots of multiplication practice and review, click on your grade level below to find the file case on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Be sure to check out the product description to see the specific multiplication skills covered in that grade version.
Not sure what a math mystery is? Do you want to know more about how to use them? Check out the video below.
You may also like to read this blog post
'Five Easy Ways to Use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.'
Still not sure if a math mystery is something you want? Try a full FREE math mystery available to download from my TPT Shop. The link will redirect you to where you can download the multi-grade bundle. It is free to register if you don't have a login with TPT.
CLICK HERE to find in my TPT store.
As promised, here are the answers to the logic puzzle I posted last week. Please find in the image below.
I hope you and your students enjoyed this puzzle if you decided to use it.
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Our brains are stimulated by the unique challenges and problems that games and brain teasers offer. So, it is no wonder that we find ourselves spending lots of time on games that require lots of thinking, meanwhile enjoying the task. Plus, research is finally demonstrating that our brains do better in the long term if they are exposed to novel activities including brain teasers, brain games, and logic puzzles. So there is no reason to feel guilty about spending time on such games whether found in an app or done on paper. Children love games and fun puzzles too, so making the most of them at home and in the classroom will provide brains with lots of healthy ‘exercise.’ That’s why I love using logic puzzles as an early finisher activity or a gap filler throughout the day; it’s definitely not ‘wasted’ time.
According to recent research, getting your students to reach for a logic puzzle when they have a few minutes to spare will help:
• Boost brain activity
• Provide emotional satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment
• Enhance memory and processing speed
• Improve concentration
• Reduce boredom
I think the more interesting a puzzle is, the more fun a child will have trying to solve it. There are lots of fantastic puzzles and brain games out there to use. I love also trying to create my own; I feel like it also gives me a good brain workout. So this week, I’d like to share a logic puzzle that I made. Find it below and see if you can solve it. Give it to your kids to see if they can solve it. I’ll post the answers up next week.
Even if you can’t solve a puzzle, your brain will still receive an excellent workout.
If you would like to see more logic puzzles like this, please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
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Make it Part of Your Math Wall
Print out the sections on paper and hang on the wall for all kids to see and participate in. You could add a folder or a pouch at the bottom for students to submit their Valentine's Day math word problems into, or use sticky notes to post around. If you have the resources and time, you could set up a Valentine's Day mail box for the math questions to be posted to. In the photo below I've shown an example, which you could easily use or adapt to suit your class.
To keep it large enough for the wall, print off each section as large as possible on separate pieces of paper, and then stick vertically together on the wall (as in the photos above and below).
Using this concept, I've created task cards in a similar format. You can download a set of 30 cards HERE for free. To prepare, print, laminate and cut into cards.
A way these cards can be used in the classroom:
Each student receives a card and must create a math word problem that will result in the information given on that card. After the creating part, students swap their Valentine's Day math word problems with other students. Once students complete the word problem, they check in with the creator to see if they answered it correctly!
Just because the numbers are low, doesn't mean that a challenge can't be set. To increase the difficulty of this task, challenge your kids to make word problems using multiplication, division, negative numbers, decimals, fractions or to require more than one operation!
These cards make for a great math warm-up activity on Valentine's day, You can download these themed task cards for free HERE.
You May also like some of these other Valentine's Day Themed Activities to use this week:
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