I'm really enjoying venturing into making mystery logic puzzles and am excited to share with you my latest creation this week. For this new puzzle, I've increased the difficulty by making it a 4 X 4 puzzle grid. The clues require careful reading too (and probably re-reading) to solve.
These are handy to use when you have some time to spare but don't want to waste. I think these are a fun way to exercise the brain.
What is a Math Quest?
It begins with a story, both video hook and written versions of the story included in all quest packets. Check out a video hook intro below for 'Raiders of the Lost Egg.' The Video Hook presents the start of the story, designed to set the stage to engage your students. When the video hook ends, is when students must continue the story on the paper part of the activity beginning at 'Chapter 1.'
Access the Video Library to find and freely view all Math Quest Video Hooks. Look for the Math Quests header and click through titles underneath to view.
The rest of the story is a paper and pencil activity that continues in 'chapters.' Each chapter reveals the next part of the story, posing a math task to complete. Once the math task is complete, students may progress to the next chapter. See a sample page below from 'Redbeard's Rebellion' - Chapter 2 - 'Medium' Level Version.
Each chapter will pose a different type of math challenge, involving one or a mix of skills. I've tried my best to set these pages up to make checking answers quick and easy for the teacher. For example, in the image above, the teacher would need to check if the student chose the correct direction. Also, the added totals for each wheel will give a better indication whether the student just 'guessed' or did the calculations correctly.
Sample Page - CHAPTER 2 EASY LEVEL from
'ESCAPE MONSTER MANSION'
There are lots of different ways these chapters are presented to keep students interested and challenged.
The final chapter of each Math Quest will present some choices for actions to take in the story. Students make their choice and then complete the math in that section, carrying out instructions to receive a 'special number.' If they do the math correctly, the special number will match up to their ending of the story on the final page. Four alternate endings to receive! See sample below:
Final Chapter from 'The Heartless Queen' HARD LEVEL
The 'NUMBER TOTAL' in their box chosen is a special number that they will need to use on the next page to discover their story ending. If they cannot find their special number, then they know they've made an error and must go over their calculations again.
You would need to keep the story ending page hidden until a student has their special number ready.
Suggestion: You could hide the endings page in an envelope and ask students only to go and check once they have a special number ready.
Sample Endings page from'The Terrible Turkey Take Over.'
As you can see in the sample endings page above, there are little images paired with each paragraph. Like in a game this is the 'item' they receive upon completing the quest (image only).
If students want to go back to achieve a different ending, you could allow that as long as they complete the math in the box for it.
There are early finisher worksheets included with each packet. Students can continue the quest fun with these simple extra activities while waiting for others to finish. Please see a sample below from 'School Jungle Jam.'
What DO I USE MATH QUESTS FOR?
Math quests are great to use for:
Preparation and Set-Up
You may have noticed that I marked the sample pages with 'EASY' 'MEDIUM' and 'HARD.' That is because each Math Quest is available in three modes of difficulty. The story is the same, but the math and puzzle difficulty changes.
You can differentiate this activity in your class by giving out different levels of the same quest.
The chapters are interchangeable, which means you can adjust the difficulty for certain chapters.
See example below from 'Reindeer Roundup - Chapter 1.'
There is nowhere marked on a student page easy, medium, or hard. So, unless you tell them, your students won't know what level they have. The pages are 'symbol' coded so that only teachers know what the level of difficulty is.
If you own the differentiated bundle of a math quest, you will have all the levels available for that quest ready to pick and swap as you wish. Otherwise, individual levels are available for separate purchase.
Math Quest - OVER THE RAINBOW FLASH FREEBIE!!!
As promised at the start of this post, I'd make a full differentiated Math Quest FREE for ONE WEEK! Don't miss out on a chance to download 'OVER THE RAINBOW' and try a Math Quest out to see if you and your students like this type of activity. All three levels are included within the differentiated packet so that you can also try 'swapping' chapters.
Because of the leprechaun and pot of gold theme, 'Over the Rainbow' can be incorporated with a St. Patrick's Day theme. However, this is still fine to use any time of the year, especially at the end of the year. So print, copy, and there's a fun activity you can do with your class tomorrow.
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These Growth Mindset Class Awards are perfect for the end of the year! Thus pack includes 36 different colorful designs with and without clipart. Plus they are EDITABLE so you can personalize them too!
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Oh dear! The gremlins have stolen all of the Graduation items putting a damper on things at the end of the year. Students must use their math skills to unlock special clues that will help figure out where those pesky gremlins are hiding. No prep required, just print and go! An optional video hook is also provided to set the stage to engage!
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Send your students on an epic Math Quest with this exciting pirate story “Redbeard’s Rebellion”. It covers a mix of math skills, making it an excellent activity for practice and review at the end of the year. With six exciting chapters to work through, students can end up with one of four possible endings. Great activity for enrichment, early finishers, sub tub or to just add a bit of extra fun to math review time.
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Optional Video Hook provided to introduce students to the activity. A written story is also provided in the download. Use one or the other (or both if you wish).
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Count by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. This is a set of 10 picture puzzles for skip counting practice. They are self correcting. The spring theme will engage students and offer guided practice as the final picture will control for errors.
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Spring Beginning Letter Clip Cards is a great activity for literacy stations or for early finishers. It allows children to engage their pre-reading skills (phonemic awareness) by identifying beginning letter sounds of various images.
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End the year with this great literature activity. Perfect for helping students learn about the Civil War and impact on others. This unit also comes with a fantastic project that goes with the book.
End the year with a BANG of a lesson plan! This War of 1812 unit will help you complete the Grade 2 CKLA units with a great end of the year writing activity too!
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Math Facts Practice Made Fun!
I am always looking for ways for my students to get more practice with their math facts. Games are the easiest way to do that - the students don't even realize they are working!
This is a version of the Kaboom game with a water balloon fight twist. Students choose a card, and get to keep it if they answer the math fact correctly. BUT... if they draw the dreaded splash card they have to put ALL of their cards back. the winner is the player with the most cards at the end of the game. Place the cards in a bucket or pail for an even more summer feel!
This game features facts up to 10 + 10 and can be played with all of the cards or just selected cards for differentiation.
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Math facts made fun! Motivate your students to learn their math facts!
Want to get your students excited about learning their addition facts? Try this fun karate/martial arts incentive program with your class! I've been using this program with my students and have found it to be a very successful and motivating way for my students to learn/memorize their math facts. It only takes about 5-10 minutes a day to incorporate in your math block and your students will be begging to take timed tests each day to pass to the next level and earn their black belt in addition!
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