All of the graduation items have been stolen from the school hall! Almost, nothing has been left . . . almost.
Use this mystery prompt to see what ideas your students come up with about 'what could have happened? Prep: Print and laminate the image below into a card to use for an early finisher or writing center activity. OR Display on the board for a whole class writing activity. There are plenty of ways you may wish to use this prompt. If you would like some ideas, please keep reading below the image prompt.
Lesson Suggestions:
Remind everyone that there's no right and wrong, otherwise there would be no room for creative thinking in this task.
Now, I think it is only fair for students to find out what actually happened. The below video is my original story that goes with this prompt. This is in no way a 'correct' answer, just an example of a possible story that works with this prompt. You may wish to skip this option.
Solve the case! Where are the gremlins hiding with all of the graduation items? If you are interested in extending this mystery activity by integrating it with your math lesson and giving your students lots of math practice and review, click on your grade level below to find the file case on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Each of the five math pages will require students to complete math i to unlock clues. Be sure to check out the product description to see the specific math skills covered in that grade version.
Not sure what a math mystery is? Do you want to know more about how to use them? Check out the video below.
You may also like to read this blog post
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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 rereading) 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. Prep
If you use Math Mysteries, however hate the amount of paper that is required with all of the photocopying, you may like to try this reusable idea to save paper in the long run.
A bit more prep is required at the start, but then a simple wipe and store away is required for the next time you want to use the case. Items needed:  Copies of the mystery pages (story, suspect list, clue pages, and the optional declaration page). Decide how many copies of a single case you would need at a time.  Laminating pouches + a Laminator  Manila 'Case File' Folders. One folder for each mystery set. Steps:
Now your case files are ready for use!
Complete the mystery using a washable marker as in the image examples below:
Once the mystery is solved, grab a damp cloth or a bit of water on some paper towel/tissues to wipe all of the pages clean.
Let the pages dry and put back into the folder. The mystery is ready to be used again.
While the initial prep for this requires a little bit more effort, the extra step is worth it if you are trying to save on ink and paper in the long run. In the sample images, I used the Math Mystery 'Case of the Super Bad Superhero.' Download this fun Math Mystery resource for FREE HERE!
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