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Mrs J's Math Mysteries

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! :)
Christmas Math Mystery - Case of The Zombie Elves (GRADE 5)
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Christmas Math Mystery - Case of The Zombie Elves (GRADE 5)

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Christmas Math Mystery – Case of The Zombie Elves (GRADE 5 US Common Core Aligned) – Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun Christmas activity! A great math detective is needed to quickly solve which cure will heal the zombie elves of the virus! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Adding Fractions with Unlike Denominators (Simplifying Answers Required) Clue 2: Multiplying Decimals by Powers of 10 Clue 3: Convert Units of Measurement (Length) – Customary (in, ft, yd, mi) and Metric (mm, cm, m, km) Options are provided to choose from. Answers are different, but clue revealed is the same. Clue 4: Dividing Whole Numbers - Word Problems Clue 5: Convert Mixed Number Fractions to Improper Fractions 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. © 2015
Christmas Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Selfish Elf (GRADE 3)
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Christmas Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Selfish Elf (GRADE 3)

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Christmas Math Activity: Christmas Math Mystery – Case of The Selfish Elf – Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun activity! US Common Core Aligned Grade 3. 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: Multiplying by 6s and 9s Clue 2: Addition with 2-digit and 3-digit numbers (with regrouping) Clue 3: Multiplying by 11s and 12s Clue 4: Division relative to Multiplication Clue 5: Subtraction with 2-digit numbers (with regrouping) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Christmas math activity. *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
Place Value (GRADE 4)
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Place Value (GRADE 4)

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In this Place Value Math Mystery Puzzle Activity - “Case of The Puzzled Pirate,” students must solve a variety of place value math questions to reveal clues to help the puzzled pirate find the treasure! Great for place value review! (GRADE 4 US Common Core Aligned) Captain Penguin Pete has reluctantly admitted that he is having some difficulty in reading the map! Students will be using their math skills to eliminate locations off the map to find the treasure! There are 5 Clues to Crack: Clue 1: Word Names for Numbers Clue 2: Value of the Underlined Digit Clue 3: Comparing Numbers (Circle the greater number) Clue 4: Converting between Place Values Clue 5: Rounding Numbers up to 1,000,000. (Please note that the numbers in this version are large, ranging between 1 to over 1,000,000.) 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
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
Christmas Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5) - Case of The Selfish Elf
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Christmas Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5) - Case of The Selfish Elf

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Christmas Math Activity: Christmas Math Mystery – Case of The Selfish Elf (GRADE 5 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: Place Value with Decimals (tenths, hundredths, thousandths) Clue 2: Adding Decimals (tenths, hundredths) Clue 3: Multiplying Fractions (No simplifying required) Clue 4: Convert metric units of volume (ml, L) Clue 5: Dividing Numbers Ending in Zeroes by 1-digit numbers (no remainders) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Christmas 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. © 2015
Christmas Math Mystery: Case of The Zombie Elves (Grade 3)
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Christmas Math Mystery: Case of The Zombie Elves (Grade 3)

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Christmas Math Activity: Christmas Math Mystery – Case of The Zombie Elves (GRADE 6) – Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun Christmas activity! Optional Video Hook available to use when introducing this activity. This can be viewed for free in the video tab below. A great math detective is needed to quickly solve which cure will heal the zombie elves of the virus! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Multiplying by 6s and 9s Clue 2: Addition (Horizontal)- 2-digit and 3-digit numbers (regrouping required) Clue 3: Rounding Numbers to the Nearest Ten (2-digit and 3-digit numbers) Clue 4: Addition Word Problems (2-digit & 3-Digit Numbers) Clue 5: Multiplying by 10s and 11s Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Christmas math activity.
Christmas Math Mystery (GRADE 6) Case of The Selfish Elf
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Christmas Math Mystery (GRADE 6) Case of The Selfish Elf

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Christmas Math Mystery (GRADE 6 US Common Core Aligned). Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun Christmas math mystery - "Case of The Selfish Elf" {GRADE 6}. This activity will require students to review Least Common Multiples, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Equivalent Ratios, Converting Fractions to Decimals and Division with 2-digit Divisors to find out who the Selfish Elf is! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Find the Least Common Multiple Clue 2: Add & Subtract Decimals Clue 3: Equivalent Ratios Clue 4: Convert Fractions to Decimals (denominators of 10, 100, and 1000 only) Clue 5: Division (Whole Numbers, 2-digit Divisors) Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great Christmas 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. © 2015
End of Year Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5)
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End of Year Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 5)

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This end of year math mystery activity is a great puzzle for reviewing a variety of math skills at the end of the year. Students must use their math skills to eliminate places to find where the Gremlins are hiding with all of the graduation items! (GRADE 5 Common Core Aligned) There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Square Numbers Clue 2: Volume of Rectangular Prisms applying the formula V= L x W x H (options provided for both imperial and metric units of measurement) Clue 3: Reducing Fractions to Lowest Terms Clue 4: Coordinates A-K and positive numbers 1-10 Clue 5: Adding Decimals (Tenths and Hundredths) 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
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!
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
Geometry  (GRADE 6) - Area, Volume, Surface Area
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Geometry (GRADE 6) - Area, Volume, Surface Area

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Geometry Math Mystery (GRADE 6 US Common Core Aligned) - "Case of The Giant Goblin!" 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! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Area of Parallelograms Clue 2: Volume of Rectangular Prisms with Decimals Clue 3: Area of Triangles Clue 4: Area of Compound Figures Clue 5: Surface Area of Rectangular Prisms and Cubes (Customary and Metric options provided) 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. © 2015
Halloween Math Mystery (GRADE 8)
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Halloween Math Mystery (GRADE 8)

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Halloween math mystery activity "Case of The Tricking Treat" is Common Core aligned to GRADE 8. Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun Halloween detective story. Optional Video Hook is available to use when introducing this activity. View the video for free in the video tab below. Students must use their math skills to eliminate suspects so they can find out who has been giving out the tricking treat to children this Halloween! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Multiplying & Dividing Integers Clue 2: Percents of Numbers (some answers involve decimals) Clue 3: Convert Decimals to Fractions (tenths, hundredths, thousandths) Clue 4: Evaluate Exponents Clue 5: Finding the Square Root of Perfect Squares Pack also includes a suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards.
Winter Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 2)
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Winter Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 2)

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Winter Math Mystery "Case of the Snowman Army" will get your students excited about reviewing some important math skills this season. "A terrifying army of snowmen are marching towards our city by the hundreds and could be at your doorstep before dawn if they are not stopped! The people of Mathhattan are hoping that a brilliant math detective will be assisting Larry the Wizard and the police to find the Ice Queen." There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: - Clue 1: Comparing Numbers (Numbers between 1-100) - Clue 2: Length Word Problems using Addition and Subtraction with the same units used in a question (Customary and Metric Options included) - Clue 3: Adding Multiples of 10 - Clue 4: Even Numbers - Clue 5: Addition and Subtraction (2-digit numbers, no regrouping) Instructions, mystery story, awards, answers sheets and an elimination guide are also provided. Enjoy! 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
End of Year Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 2)
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End of Year Math Mystery Activity (GRADE 2)

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End of Year Math Mystery Activity – Case of The Graduation Gremlins (GRADE 2) – Will engage and motivate your students during math time! Students must use their math skills to eliminate places so they can find out where the Graduation Gremlins are hiding! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Addition & Subtraction algorithms (2-digit numbers, with regrouping) Clue 2: Identify the shape being described (2D and 3D) Clue 3: Place Value (3-digit numbers) Clue 4: Counting Patterns Clue 5: Making 100 (fill in the missing number, addition and subtraction) Pack also includes a mystery declaration sheet, answer sheets, elimination guide and awards. Great End of Year math activity. This End of Year math mystery is available for Grades 1-6. See a list of all the Math Mysteries HERE 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
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!
End of Year Math Mystery (GRADE 6)
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End of Year Math Mystery (GRADE 6)

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Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun end of year activity {GRADE 6 US Common Core Aligned}! Students have to use their math skills to eliminate places to find where the Gremlins are hiding with all of the graduation items! There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery: Clue 1: Fractions (Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing) Clue 2: Area of Rectangles, Parallelograms, Triangles, and Compound Figures (options provided for both customary and metric units of measurement) Clue 3: Applying ratios to proportions (fill in the blank 1:5 = 100: _?__) Clue 4: Coordinates Plane (Four Quadrants) - Find what letter is given at the coordinates given. Clue 5: Decimals (Adding,Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing) 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. © 2015