It begins with a story . . .
There's an optional video hook that you can use to introduce the activity too . . .
Students receive a list of possible suspects . . .
Five Clues to Crack!
Multiple grade levels available!
There are multiple grade levels available of these math mysteries for you to choose from. You can easily differentiate and/or customize the math mysteries to suit your class by clue swapping (as long as the clue number is the same) across the grade levels 2 - 8. Grade 1 math mysteries are the only ones that cannot be clue swapped, because the mystery in those versions are simplified as a whole and differ in answers of clue and mystery outcomes.
See example below for clue swapping to differentiate.
Answer keys are always included!
Awards are also provided!
Hear what others have said about Math Mysteries!
Below are just a few of thousands of feedback comments that have been made about these
"You are amazing! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. These mysteries make my special education kiddos love math. They ask for new ones as soon as we finish one. They have shown to be super useful as my kids are now scoring as high and HIGHER on benchmark tests! Keep up the awesome work! You have a customer for LIFE!" Taryn S. Sept 12, 2016
"I left this for a sub when I was out for training - and my kids asked to do it again when I got back. They loved it! Easy enough for them to complete, but challenging enough for them to spend some time working. Can't wait to buy more. Thanks so much!" Lauren H. Sept 28, 2016
"My kids ask me daily if they can work on another mystery! The love it (and so do I)."
Nicole C. Nov 3, 2016
"My students are loving these. They are just challenging enough and great for teams to build collaborative skills." Allyson P. Oct 28, 2016
"I used these math mysteries throughout the school year and my students loved them! The "mysteries" were creative, followed third grade curriculum, and made the students use critical thinking skills when marking out suspects. The kids begged me to do another one - even if it was just to redo one they had already completed!" Melissa L. July 23, 2016
"This is probably one of the best things I've ever found! We LOVED the Halloween one, which prompted me to grab the holiday pack. Thank you so much!" C S. Nov 3, 2015
"Used most of these last year and will use all of them this year. The kids actually cheered when I pulled them out. I would even catch them trying to work on them when we had put them away to move on to another activity! Great work!!!" Karen F. July 26, 2016
Get The Math Mystery: Case of The Super Bad Superhero FREE!!!
Try one of my math mysteries completely free to see if these are an activity you would like to incorporate into your classroom. In the download link below, I have provided a differentiated bundle, so you will receive this math mystery free for Grades 1-6. In your download, you will find six PDF files of the same mystery. Choose the grade level that suits your class best, or as discussed above, you can clue swap to differentiate the math mystery to suit the needs of your students.
USE FOR MATH REVIEW, PRACTICE, SUBS, HOMEWORK OR EARLY FINISHER WORK!
Thank you and I truly hope your students enjoy this activity!
9/5/2017 05:36:02 pm
This is an awesome resource! I have several fast finishers in math and this is the perfect set of challenge and review to keep them going while I work with struggling students.
1/27/2020 05:23:40 am
Keeping it fun and busy diminished many types of behaviors!
1/29/2020 06:38:27 pm
I'm so glad to hear that! Having a lot of challenging behaviors in my classroom were one of the reasons I started designing these math mysteries. :)
11/23/2020 06:52:41 pm
I really enjoyed your blog thanks for sharing
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How do you print?
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