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## Back to School Math Mystery: Case of the Cursed Classrooms - 1st Grade

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Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The Cursed Classrooms -1st Grade Edition.

**EASY PREP worksheets**, print and solve! 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: 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).

Optional VIDEO HOOK available to use to introduce students to this math mystery activity. Check out below:

>>NEW<< - Optional ENDING Video Clip: I've listened to feedback about the want for an ending video. For the first time with a paper math mystery I've included a short video that you can use at the end of the mystery to wrap up the activity.

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Preparation

- Print the student pages, staple or place in a folder, and your students are set to go.

- Have the video hook ready for viewing at the start of the lesson on an IWB, iPad or computer monitor screen.

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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

Clue 1: Counting Objects (less than 15)

Clue 2: Missing numbers (up to 40)

Clue 3: Comparing numbers (up to 20 - which is greater?)

Clue 4: Adding numbers with pictures (up to 14 only)

Clue 5: Comparing numbers (less than 20 - which is smaller?)

Students must use critical thinking skills to figure out what the clue is telling them to eliminate from the list of possibilities.

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Multiple Uses

- Suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.

- Use as part of your math centers, add to your sub tubs, make it part of your early finisher tasks, give for homework, or make it part of your classroom practice/review sessions.

I recommend pacing this activity by giving students one clue at a time. Once the whole class has completed a clue, then move on to the next clue either within the same lesson or the next math session. New math content presented? Make a lesson out of it by modeling the math before diving into the clue. I like to say, "we must learn something new before attempting the next clue."

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How long will this activity take?

Time to complete will vary anywhere between 30mins - 2 hours or more! It mainly depends on how familiar your students are with the math mystery format, as well as how difficult they find math skills covered in the particular mystery. Please check the math skills outlined in the clues above to help determine suitability for your class.

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MORE versions of this math mystery title are in the making and will be available soon.

Currently available in a DIGITAL Game version with three math levels in one!

>> Click Here to check out the paperless option <<

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Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE

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You may also be interested in these other Back to School Resources:

Back to School Math Mystery: The Case of the School Invaders

Growth Mindset Math Mystery: The Case of the Magnificent Growth Mindset

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COMPLETE Math Mystery Bundle - 1st Grade

Holiday Math Mystery Bundle {GRADE 1}

SEASONS Math Mystery Bundle Pack (GRADE 1)

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Not sure what a math mystery is? CLICK HERE to watch a video about Math Mysteries

TRY A FULL FREE MATH MYSTERY HERE (GRADES 1 - 6 DIFFERENTIATED BUNDLE)

Browse the 1st Grade Range:

>>Download the FREE 1st Grade Math Mystery Checklist here<<

>> CLICK HERE to follow my store <<

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For more ideas, activities, and resources, follow my store (by clicking the little green star) to stay updated on new releases. We can also stay connected via:

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Thank you!

Mrs. J.

© 2019

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Preparation

- Print the student pages, staple or place in a folder, and your students are set to go.

- Have the video hook ready for viewing at the start of the lesson on an IWB, iPad or computer monitor screen.

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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

Clue 1: Counting Objects (less than 15)

Clue 2: Missing numbers (up to 40)

Clue 3: Comparing numbers (up to 20 - which is greater?)

Clue 4: Adding numbers with pictures (up to 14 only)

Clue 5: Comparing numbers (less than 20 - which is smaller?)

Students must use critical thinking skills to figure out what the clue is telling them to eliminate from the list of possibilities.

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Multiple Uses

- Suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.

- Use as part of your math centers, add to your sub tubs, make it part of your early finisher tasks, give for homework, or make it part of your classroom practice/review sessions.

I recommend pacing this activity by giving students one clue at a time. Once the whole class has completed a clue, then move on to the next clue either within the same lesson or the next math session. New math content presented? Make a lesson out of it by modeling the math before diving into the clue. I like to say, "we must learn something new before attempting the next clue."

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How long will this activity take?

Time to complete will vary anywhere between 30mins - 2 hours or more! It mainly depends on how familiar your students are with the math mystery format, as well as how difficult they find math skills covered in the particular mystery. Please check the math skills outlined in the clues above to help determine suitability for your class.

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MORE versions of this math mystery title are in the making and will be available soon.

Currently available in a DIGITAL Game version with three math levels in one!

>> Click Here to check out the paperless option <<

__________________________________________________________________

Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

You may also be interested in these other Back to School Resources:

Back to School Math Mystery: The Case of the School Invaders

Growth Mindset Math Mystery: The Case of the Magnificent Growth Mindset

__________________________________________________________________

*Bundle and Save!*COMPLETE Math Mystery Bundle - 1st Grade

Holiday Math Mystery Bundle {GRADE 1}

SEASONS Math Mystery Bundle Pack (GRADE 1)

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Not sure what a math mystery is? CLICK HERE to watch a video about Math Mysteries

TRY A FULL FREE MATH MYSTERY HERE (GRADES 1 - 6 DIFFERENTIATED BUNDLE)

Browse the 1st Grade Range:

>>Download the FREE 1st Grade Math Mystery Checklist here<<

>> CLICK HERE to follow my store <<

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For more ideas, activities, and resources, follow my store (by clicking the little green star) to stay updated on new releases. We can also stay connected via:

Blog

___________________________________________________________________

*Please note that the clues in the first grade math mysteries cannot be 'swapped' with clues from the other grade packets.*Thank you!

Mrs. J.

© 2019