With Easter nearby, I thought it would be fun to do a little number mystery with a simple egg twist! Use this idea as a:
The prep is easy, and I have already put together some clues sets for you to use if you wish. Continue reading to find the free download for this activity.
The AIM is for students to use the clues given to solve which egg is the Mystery Egg! The clues will require them to use their number skills to eliminate possible eggs until there is only one egg left standing. The last egg remaining is the ‘Mystery Egg!’
They will only get one crack at picking the right egg. So they must read the clues carefully and be confident about their answer before opening an egg or telling you which egg they think is the right one.
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The Case of The Misplaced Pot of Gold
This St Patrick’s Day, send your children on a mystery mission to find out where Leroy accidentally left his pot of gold. Completing math questions is required to unlock clues, which will help narrow down a list of locations of where Leroy’s pot of gold is.
There is a video hook for optional use to introduce this math activity. A written story is also included in the PDF case file.
This fun NO PREP activity is available in versions for grades 1-6!
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Do you remember typing numbers into a calculator and then flipping it over to see a word? Maybe you typed in .07734 to see the word hello? Now your students will have the same great memories as they practice math skills, and then check their answers using a calculator.
These task cards can be used as a math center, with small groups, for fast finishers, or even as a whole class scavenger hunt.
You can use the cards alone, or use the task card answer sheets included.
I have included 48 task cards including 24 whole number cards and 24 decimal cards to allow for differentiation.
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Use the prompt below on it's own as a story starter for some inspiration and see if your students notice any particular item, or follow the lesson suggestions posted underneath.
The idea behind this prompt is for students to pick any item in the picture part of the prompt below that inspires them to write a mystery story about.
- Present the image above to your class. Either show on the Interactive Whiteboard, or print and hang somewhere.
- Instruct student to take a few minutes to decide which item they think the prompt could be talking about (no right or wrong answers). Setting a timer for 'thinking time' is recommended.
- Invite students to share their ideas with the rest of the class. Remind students that there are no 'right' or 'wrong' answers. This prompt is to invite creative thinking.
- Set a writing task to follow the discussion. Instruct students to pretend they are detectives and must write what they think happened.
- The following questions should be addressed in the writing task: what is the item sitting on the shelf? Who owns the item? How did it get there? Where is this room in the bigger scheme of things? Why is this item important? Print the template worksheet image below for this writing task Otherwise you could just use plain lined paper or workbooks to carry out addressing the questions to help 'build' the story..
- To develop this as a writing activity, you could extend it by having your students work towards writing a full story around this scene. Completing the questions in the template above should help develop a plan for their own mystery story.
As with all mysteries, we all want to know an 'answer.' While there is no right and wrong, in fact I hope your students come up with lots of different ideas, I've included my own mystery story in the video below to show what happened. You may choose to share this with your kids after they finish writing their own stories to carry out a compare and contrast lesson or just for fun.
- After viewing the video, discuss if anyone had any similar ideas in their stories. Do a compare and contrast session with the story above and what students wrote.
- Further extend this mystery activity by instructing students to rewrite their mystery story using the ideas from the video. Where do they think Leroy McClumsy left his pot of gold?
Solve the case! Where in Mathattan did Leroy leave his pot of gold?
If you are interested in extending this mystery activity by integrating it with your math lesson, click on the link image below to find the file case on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. A fun theme for a St. Patrick's Day spiral review math session. Each grade level provides five clues with a variety of math review. Be sure to check out the product description to see the specific math skills covered in that grade version.
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'Five Easy Ways to Use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.'
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