2nd Grade Spring Activity: Spring Math Mystery - Counting Time Place Value Area

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Spring Activity: Math Mystery - Case of The Bee Bandits - 2nd Grade Edition. Engage and motivate your students during math time with this fun spring math review!

Easy prep - just print and solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided.

NEW - Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages. Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit.

Ideal for spiral review, your students will be using their math skills to unlock clues that will help them solve the mystery!


Optional VIDEO HOOK available, CLICK HERE to VIEW Video Hook

MP4 file included in the download.



- Easy Prep! Print the student pages, staple or place in a folder, and your students are set to solve the math mystery.

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

- Editable suspects list included: This enables you to change the suspect names to alter the final mystery outcome. Two alternative pre-made lists also included for a quick swap out.


Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

  • Clue 1: Counting Patterns
  • Clue 2: Match Digital Clocks to Times
  • Clue 3: Area (unit squares)
  • Clue 4: Place Value (3-digit numbers)
  • Clue 5: Making change from $1

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


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."


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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This Spring Math Mystery activity is available for GRADES 1-6!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
The numbers 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine hundreds (and 0 tens and 0 ones).
Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.


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