Engaging students in learning after a long summer break can be quite a challenge. As teachers, parents, and tutors, we are always on the lookout for innovative ways to reignite our students' interest in learning. That's where Math Mysteries come into play, especially during backtoschool season!
â€‹Why Use Math Mysteries for BacktoSchool?
Math Mysteries are designed to make learning fun and engaging. They present mathematical problems in the context of a larger narrative, sparking curiosity and improving problemsolving skills. This approach makes math less intimidating and more enjoyable for students.
For backtoschool season, Math Mysteries are particularly beneficial. They help students review and reinforce the knowledge they acquired in the previous year, preparing them for the new academic year. They also provide a smooth transition from holiday mode to learning mode, making the process less overwhelming for students. â€‹Case Study: The School Invaders
A great example of a backtoschool Math Mystery is "The Case of The School Invaders." In this scenario, students must use their math skills to get rid of stinky and slimy Geometron aliens who have invaded their school. This activity encourages students to review their math skills while participating in an exciting narrative.
Each grade edition is designed to review math from the previous grade level, which means the math presented is generally easier and aims to provide an opportunity to assess what students retained over the break. Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  1st Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The School Invaders 1st Grade Edition. Students must review math skills from the previous grade to help get rid of the stinky, slimy Geometron aliens invading Mathhattan Elementary School! NO PREP, print and go! (Please note that the Grade 1 math mysteries contain a smaller possibilities list, and include profile pictures with the information). Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of locations to find the aliens' transponder device! Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  2nd Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of the School Invaders. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home.Â Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  3rd Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of the School Invaders. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home.Â Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  4th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to school Math Mystery: the Case of the School Invaders. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home.Â Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  5th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of the School Invaders.Â This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home.Â Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the School Invaders  6th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of the School Invaders.Â This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home.Â Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Another Fun Math Mystery: The Case of the Cursed Classrooms
Already done the Case of the School Invaders and in need of a fresh new Math Mystery? The Case of the Cursed Classrooms is a great option to also use at the beginning of the new school year.
â€‹In this Math Mystery, a strange curse is turning many school items into monsters. Students are tasked with finding and catching who is behind this crime to save the school. â€‹Choose from the print and play worksheets or the digital graphic game option. Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the Cursed Classrooms  1st Grade
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The Cursed Classrooms 1st Grade Edition. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the suspects to find who cursed the classrooms! Suggestion:Â Pace the clues one by one to keep the class at the same point. If using the clues in a different order, keep the suspect list away from students until all five clues are completed and discovered. (Please note that the Grade 1 math mysteries contain a smaller possibilities list, and include profile pictures with the information). Back to School Math Mystery  The Case of the Cursed Classrooms  2nd Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The Cursed Classrooms 2nd Grade Edition. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the suspects to find who cursed the classrooms! Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Suggestion:Â Pace the clues one by one to keep the class at the same point. If using the clues in a different order, keep the suspect list away from students until all five clues are completed and discovered. Back to School Math Mystery Activity  3rd Grade Edition  Cursed Classrooms
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The Cursed Classrooms  3rdGrade Edition. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the suspects to find who cursed the classrooms! Suggestion:Â Pace the clues one by one to keep the class at the same point. If using the clues in a different order, keep the suspect list away from students until all five clues are completed and discovered. Back to School Math Mystery  The Case of the Cursed Classrooms  4th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery Activity Â 4th Grade Edition Math WorksheetsÂ (Reviews 3rd Grade Math Skills  ideal for assessment at the beginning of the school year). Mystery Case: The Case of the Cursed Classrooms Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Distance Learning Option:Â There's a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages.Â Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the suspects to find who cursed the classrooms! Back to School Math Mystery  The Case of the Cursed Classrooms  5th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery Activity Â 5th Grade Edition Math WorksheetsÂ (Reviews 4th Grade Math Skills  ideal for assessment at the beginning of the school year). Mystery Case: The Case of the Cursed Classrooms Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Distance Learning Option:Â There's a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages.Â Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Back to School Math Mystery  The Case of the Cursed Classrooms  6th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery Activity Â 6th Grade Edition Math Worksheets The Case of the Cursed Classrooms Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Distance Learning Option:Â I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages.Â Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Back to School Math Mystery Activity 7th Grade Edition  Case of the Cursed Classrooms
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery Activity: the Case of the Cursed Classrooms  7th Grade Edition Worksheets.This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills at the beginning of the school year.Â Ideal for assessing retained math skills, spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! Back to School Math Mystery  The Case of the Cursed Classrooms  8th Grade Edition
$4.00
Back to School Math Mystery Activity Â 8th Grade Edition Math WorksheetsÂ (Reviews 7th Grade Math Skills  ideal for assessment at the beginning of the school year). Mystery Case: The Case of the Cursed Classrooms Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download. Distance Learning Option:Â I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages.Â Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Useful for a fun way to practice and review math skills early in the school year. Back to School CSI Digital Math Game Mystery: Cursed Classrooms (Differentiated Math Pack)
$7.50
Back to School CSI Digital Math Mystery GAME. The Case of The Cursed Classrooms in a digital game format and can be played on any device with an Internet connection. Mystery meets escape room with this style of game. Your students will need to discover passwords at the end of each clue in order to access the next clue. Your Teacher copy will contain all links and passwords.  ï»¿ MATH SKILLS: There are THREE LEVELS of the game to choose to play! The Mystery outcome is different at the end of each level, so you can choose to play all levels and the culprit will be different in each. â€‹Benefits of Math Mysteries
Math Mysteries offer numerous benefits:
So, as we gear up for the new academic year, let's embrace Math Mysteries as a thrilling and effective teaching tool. Let's turn those first few days of school into a funfilled adventure of learning and discovery!
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