Earth Day Math Mystery Activity - 8th Grade Math Worksheets Edition
Earth Day Math Mystery activity - 8th Grade Edition - The “Case of The Litterbug”. Your students will be engaged and motivated by this fun Earth Day detective story, which also encourages critical thinking as they must reason their way through eliminating suspects. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the Google Docs option provided within your download.
Printable math worksheets and digital worksheets on Google Slides provided.
There is an optional video hook that can be used to introduce your students to the activity. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO HOOK
Editable Suspects list included: This way you can change the suspect names and alter the mystery outcome. There are also two alternative pre-made lists you can use instead. This is a great option if your students have already done this mystery story before and you need to change the mystery answer.
<<<<<Math Skills covered in this Math Mystery:>>>>>
- Clue 1: Convert fractions to decimals (round decimal answers to three decimal places)
- Clue 2: Exponents with negative bases
- Clue 3: Calculate the mean, median, and mode
- Clue 4: Finding the slope of a line (two points given)
- Clue 5: The square root of perfect squares
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. I highly 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." There are lots of ways to implement this activity in your classroom, learn more in the blog post link below:
Read Blog Post: Five Easy Ways to use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.
Great Earth Day Math Activity!
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