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Find fun and engaging math mysteries and projects to get your students motivated during math time. Great for practice and review, my math mysteries come in different grade levels that can be used to customize for differentiation. The grade levels are US Common Core aligned, check out the description which outlines skills and levels involved within that math mystery version to determine whether it suits your class level and/or curriculum. Enjoy! :)

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Find fun and engaging math mysteries and projects to get your students motivated during math time. Great for practice and review, my math mysteries come in different grade levels that can be used to customize for differentiation. The grade levels are US Common Core aligned, check out the description which outlines skills and levels involved within that math mystery version to determine whether it suits your class level and/or curriculum. Enjoy! :)
Decimals to Fractions
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Decimals to Fractions

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Decimals to Fractions worksheet - Students will need to convert the decimals to fractions to find out which character is hiding the donut! See if they can get the character correct by using their math skills to eliminate the suspect pictures. Answer sheet included! Thanks! Mrs J. Email: JJResourceCreations@gmail.com Check out my store to find engaging math mysteries and projects!
Math Project: My Magical Bakery
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Math Project: My Magical Bakery

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Math Project: My Magical Bakery is a level progression project-based learning resource. It incorporates a range of math skills, as well as literacy and critical thinking skills. Engage and motivate your students by allowing them to make choices and apply a variety of math skills to progress through each of the 10 levels! Not much prep is required by you, all you need to do is print/photocopy the files and decide which delivery options you would like to use as described in my Teacher Instructions. The only extra resources that may be required are blank pieces of paper and calculators. Depending on student level and ability, such as younger grades, it may require some explanation by you (however, I have tried my best to make things as straightforward and structured). There are a few options with how you could use this resource: 1. You could go through each level as a class and provide a modeled example to guide students through each specific activity. 2. Students independently/or in pairs work at their own pace through the levels. Teacher facilitates around the classroom, providing one-on-one assistance when needed. 3. This could also be used as an ongoing homework task. You could set a certain amount of levels per week, or allow students to work at their own pace through the levels. 4. Use as an early finisher project. Packet Contents - (Main skills required in each level): Level 1 – Bakery Set Up (Coordinates Letter/Number, Area, directional position) Level 2 – Making Potions (Adding, subtracting, capacity measurement in milliliters only -> this section can be done even without knowledge of mL as it is mainly working with numbers) Level 3 – Baking Magic (Fractions – comparing, adding with both like and unlike denominators) Level 4 – Hiring Staff (Financial choices with a budget, addition, subtraction, time schedules, critical thinking) Level 5 – Cooking Time (Time management, elapsed time, critical thinking, multiplication, data and graphs) Level 6 – Decorating Station (Fractions mix of like and unlike denominators – students must follow fraction guidelines for decorative items they put on their baked products) Level 7 – Setting Prices (Finance - follow number rules given when setting prices for items) Level 8 – Customer Sales (Addition, data and graphs) Level 9 – Magical Upgrades (Financial choices, budget constraints, addition and subtraction) Level 10 – Magical Bakery Tour (Map Coordinates) Fun Extension Tasks Provided at the end! Thanks!
Geometry (Shapes, Area and Perimeter)
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Geometry (Shapes, Area and Perimeter)

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Students must use their geometry math skills to eliminate locations & possibilities so they can find out where the Shrinkinator is to make the Giant Goblin the right size again! US Common Core Aligned GRADE 3. There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: - Clue 1: Identifying 2D & 3D Shapes - Clue 2: Perimeter - Clue 3: Area (Using Unit Squares) - Clue 4: Area of Rectangles (L x W) - Clue 5: Perimeter - Find The Missing Length (Customary and Metric options provided) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Geometry math activity. *US Spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like me to adjust to UK/AUS spelling variations. This Geometry Math Mystery is available for Grades 3-6. Mrs J. © 2015
Summer Math (GRADE 2)
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Summer Math (GRADE 2)

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In this Summer Math Mystery Activity – Case of The Mathhattan Meltdown (GRADE 2 US Common Core Aligned) – students will find themselves trapped by the Scorcher who has been melting the city of Mathhattan this summer. In order to save themselves and to stop the melting issue in the city, they will be required to use their math skills to solve the mystery behind his condition and the cure he needs to restore to human! Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun summer math mystery! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Ordering Numbers (3-digit numbers) Clue 2: Area of Squares and Rectangles (Square unit tiles) Clue 3: Subtraction (2-Digit Numbers, Regrouping Required) Clue 4: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems Clue 5: Addition (2-Digit Numbers, Regrouping Required) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Fall Math Mystery (GRADE 2)
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Fall Math Mystery (GRADE 2)

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Fall Math Activity, This Fall Math Mystery (Grade 2) “Case of The Furious Fall Winds” is a math mystery where students must solve a variety of math clues to help catch the criminal vandalizing the home of Sheldon, The Shaman of Seasons! Engage and motivate your students in this fun detective story, which also encourages critical thinking as they must reason their way through eliminating suspects. These NO PREP worksheets are great for individual or group practice and review. **GRADE 2 US Common Core Aligned This fall, Mathhattan has been experiencing some furious winds. But these winds are no ordinary winds; if anyone is pulling a face while the wind blows over them, it will stay that way! A great math detective is needed to calm Sheldon the Shaman down by finding out who is trying to blackmail him into changing the season back to summer! In this math mystery pack you will receive: - Teacher Instructions - The Math Mystery Story: Case of The Furious Fall Winds - Possible Suspects List - that students will use as they work through each math clue worksheet. - Clue 1 Worksheet: Reading Numbers Written in Words (Less than a hundred) - Clue 2 Worksheet: Addition (two-digit and one-digit number, no regrouping) - Clue 3 Worksheet: Subtraction (one-digit number from a two-digit number, no regrouping) - Clue 4 Worksheet: Balance Addition Equations (Numbers 1-20) - Clue 5 Worksheet: Converting From Expanded form (3-digit and 2-digit numbers) - A suspect declaration sheet that includes a clue completion checklist and a teacher check off as solved/try again. - Answer sheets for each clue plus a color coded guide to the elimination process of the suspect list. - Printable awards to give to students who solve the case! Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Place Value
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Place Value

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This Place Value Math Mystery (Grade 3) “Case of The Puzzled Pirate”. In this math mystery, students must solve a variety of place value math questions to reveal clues to help the puzzled pirate find the treasure! US Common Core Aligned to GRADE 3. There are 5 Clues to Crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Converting from Expanded Form Clue 2: Value of the Underlined Digit Clue 3: Comparing Numbers (Circle the greater number) Clue 4: Ordering Numbers (ascending order) Clue 5: Rounding Numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. (Please note that all of the numbers in the questions of this version are less than 1,000.) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. *US Spelling used. If you would like spelling adjusted to suit UK/AUS please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com Mrs J. © 2016
Decimals (GRADE 5)
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Decimals (GRADE 5)

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Decimals Math Mystery Activity! Engage and motivate your students with this fun math mystery! Students will be covering a variety of skills involving decimals to solve the Case of The Disappearing Donuts. (GRADE 5 US Common Core Aligned) There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Comparing Decimals (tenths, hundredths and thousandths place values) Clue 2: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals by Powers of 10 Clue 3: Rounding Decimals (wholes, tenths, hundredths, thousandths) Clue 4: Adding and Subtracting Decimals (hundredths) Clue 5: Multiplying Decimals by Whole Numbers (tenths and hundredths with whole numbers from 2-12) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Christmas Math Mystery (GRADE 2)
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Christmas Math Mystery (GRADE 2)

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Christmas Math Mystery – Case of The Selfish Elf (GRADE 2 US Common Core aligned). Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun Christmas activity! Students have to use their math skills to eliminate suspects so they can find out who the Selfish Elf is! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Skip-Counting Sequences (2s, 5s, 10s) Clue 2: Place Value of the Underlined Digit (Hundreds, Tens, Ones) Clue 3: Add 3 One-Digit Numbers Clue 4: Subtracting One-Digit Numbers from Two-Digit Numbers (without regrouping) Clue 5: Time (O'Clock, Half Past, Quarter Past, Quarter To) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Algebra
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Algebra

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This Algebra Math Mystery is a fun way to review skills working with exponents, expressions, like terms and equations. Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun algebra activity! (GRADE 6 US Common Core Aligned) Students have to use their algebra skills to discover what the aliens are planning to turn all of humankind into! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Solve for the Variable (Exponents) Clue 2: Evaluate Variable Expressions Clue 3: Simplifying Algebraic Expressions Clue 4: Add and Subtract Like Terms Clue 5: One-Step Equations Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great activity for algebra review. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2015
Decimals Math Mystery (GRADE 4)
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Decimals Math Mystery (GRADE 4)

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Decimals: This decimals math mystery will engage and motivate your class! Students will be covering a variety of skills to solve the Case of The Disappearing Donuts. There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Comparing Decimals (tenths, hundredths) Clue 2: Convert Fractions to Decimals (Denominators of 10 and 100 only) Clue 3: Convert Decimals to Fractions (Denominators of 10 and 100 only) Clue 4: Writing Decimals from Models (tenths, hundredths) Clue 5: Ordering Decimals (tenths, hundredths) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards.
Subtraction Math Mystery: Case of The Missing Macaw
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Subtraction Math Mystery: Case of The Missing Macaw

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Subtraction Review Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Missing Macaw. Engage and motivate your First Grade students while they practice and review subtraction skills. Just print and go, your students will have fun trying to figure who has the Missing Macaw! There are FIVE clues to crack to solve who has the Missing Macaw: Clue 1 - Subtraction Facts (1-20) Clue 2 - More Subtraction Facts (1-20) Clue 3 - Subtraction Word Problems (1-20) Clue 4 - Subtracting Ten from Digit Numbers Clue 5 - Subtracting Single Digit Numbers from Double Digit Numbers (NO Regrouping) You will also receive teacher instructions, a story, suspect list, suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, and printable awards. Thank you and enjoy!
Graphs Math Mystery (GRADE 3): Case of The Greedy Gnome
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Graphs Math Mystery (GRADE 3): Case of The Greedy Gnome

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Graphs Review Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Greedy Gnome. Engage and motivate your Grade 3 students while they practice and review graph skills. Just print and go, your students will have fun trying to figure who the Greedy Gnome is! There are FIVE clues to crack to solve who the Greedy Gnome is: Clue 1 - Bar Graphs (Scale count by 2s) Clue 2 - Pictographs Clue 3 - Line Graphs (Scales by 2s and 5s) Clue 4 - Tally Graphs Clue 5 - More Bar Graphs! (Scale count by 2s) You will also receive teacher instructions, a story, suspect list, suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, and printable awards. Thank you and enjoy!
Literacy Mystery - Case of The Stolen Surfboard
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Literacy Mystery - Case of The Stolen Surfboard

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Check out this fun Private Eye CSI - Literacy Mystery: Case of The Stolen Surfboard. I would love to hear your feedback or any suggestions about this product. TARGETS - Reading - Comprehension - Main Idea - Vocabulary (Definitions, Synonyms) - Drawing Conclusions - Analyzing Text for Clues - Making Inferences - Critical Thinking In this packet you will receive: - Teacher instructions - The introduction page to set the stage - Case File Templates: Suspect page, evidence page, note taking page - Reading and activity worksheets: some worksheets will involve reading and answering comprehension questions. Some worksheets will be a crack the code style with vocabulary work (in this packet students will be required to match words with definitions on one page, the other is synonym matching. (There are six pages for the investigation in total) - Solution declaration page (students will be required to write or choose five important clues to convict the thief they declare! Two options provided here.) - Answer sheets and solution guide - Printable awards to give to students who solve the case correctly! This style of mystery is different to my Math Mystery range. In these Literacy Mysteries students will be building their own suspect files, drawing out their own clues from the text, critically think to solve who the thief is, and then provide enough evidence to convict the culprit! I would love to hear how this goes with your students. Please let me know via the feedback option or by emailing me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com with any suggestions. If you have the time, I'd like to know: 1. Was this resource easy to implement in your classroom? 2. Were the instructions on the pages easy enough for students to follow? 3. What worked well and what did not? 4. How did your students feel about the activity? 5. Would you be interested in more resources like this? 6. What would you like to see in future literacy mysteries? Thank you and enjoy!
Multiplication
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Multiplication

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Engage and motivate your students to review their multiplication skills with this fun math mystery activity - "Case of the Monster Mix-Up!" (GRADE 3 US Common Core Aligned) Students must use their multiplication skills to eliminate monster suspects to solve who needs to be arrested for the scare crimes in Mathhattan! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1 Worksheet: Mixed Multiplication Facts (1-12) Clue 2 Worksheet: More Mixed Multiplication Facts (1-12) Clue 3 Worksheet: Missing Factors Clue 4 Worksheet: Multiplication Word Problems (1-12) Clue 5 Worksheet: Multiplication Input/output Tables (apply the multiplication rule given to the numbers in the table) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great for multiplication review! Mrs J. © 2016
Earth Day Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5)
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Earth Day Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5)

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Earth Day Math Mystery (GRADE 5 US Common Core Aligned). Engage and motivate your students with this fun Earth Day Math Mystery“Case of The Litterbug.” Your students will be reviewing a mix of math skills to discover clues that will help them solve the mystery! These NO PREP worksheets are common core aligned and are great for practice and review. There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: - Clue 1: Roman Numerals (Numbers between 1-3000) - Clue 2: Order of Operations (Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division) - Clue 3: Division (Dividing 2-Digit and 3-Digit numbers by 2-Digit Numbers with remainders) - Clue 4: Identifying 2D and 3D Shapes, including types of triangles (equilateral, isosceles, scalene) - Clue 5: Convert Fractions to Decimals (With Denominators of 10, 100, and 1000). Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Ratios and Rates
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Ratios and Rates

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Ratios and Rates, This common core aligned Math Mystery (Grade 6 US Common Core Aligned) “Case of The Rogue Runner” will engage your students to practice and review ratios and rates in a fun way. In this math mystery students must solve a variety of ratio and rate math questions to reveal clues which help them discover the identity of the Rogue Runner! All you need to do is print, copy and go, no fiddly prepping required. In this math mystery pack you will receive: - Teacher Instructions - The Math Mystery Story “Case of The Rogue Runner” - Possible Suspect List - that students will use as they work through each math clue worksheet. - Clue 1: Writing ratios to describe objects in a picture - Clue 2: Unit Rates - Clue 3: Reducing Ratios - Clue 4: Unit Prices (with fractions and decimals). I have provided a customary unit and metric unit version for this clue. - Clue 5: Equivalent Ratios - A suspect declaration sheet - Answer sheets, plus a color coded guide to the elimination process - Printable awards Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2015
Summer Math Mystery (GRADE 6)
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Summer Math Mystery (GRADE 6)

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Summer Math Mystery Activity – Case of The Mathhattan Meltdown (GRADE 6 US Common Core aligned). Your students will find themselves trapped by the Scorcher who has been melting the city of Mathhattan this summer. In order to save themselves and to stop the melting issue in the city, they will be required to use their math skills to solve the mystery behind his condition and the cure he needs to restore to human! Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun summer math mystery! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Ordering Integers (positive and negative) Clue 2: Calculating the Mean Clue 3: Subtracting Decimals to the thousandths Clue 4: Mixed Word Problems (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide with decimals included in some questions/answers) - Customary and Metric language options provided in the wording of problems. Clue 5: Adding Decimals to the thousandths Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Geometry (GRADE 4)
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Geometry (GRADE 4)

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eometry Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Giant Goblin {GRADE 4 US Common Core Aligned}. Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun geometry activity! Students use their math skills to eliminate locations & possibilities so they can find out where the Shrinkinator is to make the Giant Goblin the right size again! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: - Clue 1: Identifying Lines, Angles and Shapes - Clue 2: Perimeter - Clue 3: Area of Rectangles and Squares (L X W) - Clue 4: Estimating Angle Measurements - Clue 5: Use Area and Perimeter to Determine Cost (Customary and Metric options provided in the download) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Geometry math activity. Available for other grades with different skills/levels of difficulty. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com for assistance. *US spelling used. Please email me on jjresourcecreations@gmail.com if you would like adjusted to suit UK/AUS spelling. Mrs J. © 2016
Thanksgiving Math Quest: The Terrible Turkey Takeover
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Thanksgiving Math Quest: The Terrible Turkey Takeover

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Send your students on an epic Math Quest with this exciting story “The Terrible Turkey Takeover”. Great for Thanksgiving or could be used at any time throughout the year. This is a fun activity to get some extra math practice in or for your early finishers. With six exciting chapters to work through, students can end up with one of four possible endings. BONUS (Optional) Video of the introduction part of the story also included in this packet. In your download you will receive it so that it can be viewed without Internet connection, or it can also be viewed on YouTube at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ma71f30Ql8&feature=youtu.be THREE SETS PROVIDED FOR DIFFERENTIATION Three levels of difficulty (EASY, MEDIUM, HARD) provided within this product so that you can differentiate this activity within your classroom. As long as the chapter number is the same, you can swap chapters across difficulty levels to tailor this math quest to best suit your class and/or individual student needs. SKILLS OVERVIEW A variety of skills are covered throughout the chapters of this math quest. An overview of the skill required in each level provided below. EASY – Addition & Subtraction (2-digit & 3-digit numbers, with regrouping); Mapping, coordinates, distance, time; Number Patterns (add & subtract); Venn Diagram with numbers puzzle (compare, add, subtract); Time (adding minutes); multiplying by 2s, 5s and 10s. MEDIUM – Multiplication facts (1-12); Division facts (1-12); Mapping, coordinates, distance, time; Number Patterns (geometric, add, subtract, multiply); Venn Diagram with numbers puzzle (compare, add, subtract); Time (adding minutes). HARD – Multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers; Mapping, coordinates, distance, time (with decimals), Patterns (geometric, decimals, fractions); Venn Diagram with numbers puzzle (compare, add, subtract, multiply, divide); Time (adding minutes); Adding & Subtracting Fractions (unlike denominators - simplifying required), comparing fractions. ANSWER SHEETS INCLUDED FOUR BONUS early finisher literacy activities added at the end to extend the activity if you wish. Thank you and enjoy!
Math Mystery - Case of The Super Bad Superhero (GRADE 1)
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Math Mystery - Case of The Super Bad Superhero (GRADE 1)

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This math mystery, “Case of the Super Bad Superhero,” is a great way to add some excitement and fun to your math lessons! Students will be working through a variety of math questions to discover important clues. The clues will help them solve which superhero has gone bad! In this Grade 1 version, the 5 clues cover the following skills: - Clue 1: Counting (1-30) - Clue 2: Adding Numbers (0-12) - Clue 3: Subtracting Numbers (0-12) - Clue 4: Ordering Numbers (1-25) - Clue 5: Comparing Numbers (up to 30) Pack also provides teacher instructions, the story, answer sheets, an elimination guide and printable awards. MIX & MATCH ACROSS GRADE LEVELS TO DIFFERENTIATE/CUSTOMIZE You can choose a grade level that suits your class best, and/or mix and match across the same clue numbers (except for the Grade 1 Version) to differentiate and customize the math mystery for your students. The Grade 1 version is simplified as a whole and cannot be mixed with the rest. (For example, swap clue 1 from the Grade 2 version to clue 1 from the Grade 3 version to make that part more challenging for some students.)