Using Math Mysteries in the classroom is a fun way to mix things up when consolidating and/or reviewing math skills. However, for some classrooms, it can be a little bit challenging to keep excited students contained from sharing 'classified' information. To prevent clue or mystery solution 'spills' happening, I recommend setting up some Math Mystery expectations for your class. Read on to find out my suggestions for rules and a free poster download to use.
Adding some fun background music while completing a math or reading mystery can create a positive working atmosphere in the classroom. Your student detectives will feel more immersed in the mystery task and, hopefully, be more motivated to persevere through the more challenging questions and puzzles. Like a workout, the type of music you choose to go with the rhythm of the activity is important. So, in this blog post, I've rounded up some music track suggestions, from YouTube, for you to readily find and play when doing a mystery activity at home or in the classroom.
I developed math mysteries to be versatile in their use. After being in a teaching role that involved seeing 220 different kids a week across K-6, I initially made this math mystery range to be something that I could quickly prepare, engage, teach, be mostly self-correcting, and quick to pack up before heading onto the next classroom.. So, if you've seen these math mysteries and ever wondered what you can use them for, keep on reading.
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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