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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