# 3rd Grade Area Review Math Mystery: Area of rectangles & squares

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Area Review Math Mystery Activity - Case of The Abducted Alien. NO PREP! Just and print Engage and motivate your Grade 3 students while they practice and review AREA skills. Just print and go, your students will have fun trying to figure which Alien Force Abducted the alien Oblang and which planet they are hiding him on!

Optional VIDEO HOOK available to introduce the activity to your students. This adds a bit of extra excitement and fun to the element. A written story is also included in the PDF file if you do not wish to use the video. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO HOOK

NEW - Editable Suspects list added to the packet. This way you can change the alien force 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.

There are FIVE clues to crack to solve the case:

Clue 1 - Area - With Square Unit Tiles
Clue 2 - Area - With Missing square unit tiles
Clue 3 - Area of Rectangles and Squares (by multiplying the sides)
Clue 4 - Area Word Problems (customary and metric measurement unit options provided)
Clue 5 - More Area: including complex figures made up of two rectangles/squares (customary and metric measurement unit options provided)

You will also receive: teacher instructions, a story, suspect list, suspect declaration sheet, answer sheets, and printable awards.

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 the 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.

This Area Math Mystery is also available in other grade levels:
Area Math Mystery: Case of The Abducted Alien (4th Grade)
Area Math Mystery: Case of The Abducted Alien (5th Grade)

You may also be interested in:
Perimeter Math Mystery: Case of the Phantom Phoenix (3rd Grade)
Geometry Math Mystery: Case of The Giant Goblin (3rd Grade)
Graphs Math Mystery: Case of The Greedy Gnome (3rd Grade)

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

Bundle and Save!
COMPLETE Math Mystery Bundle for GRADE 3
HOLIDAY Math Mysteries Bundle Pack GRADE 3
SKILLS Math Mystery Bundle (3rd Grade)
SEASONS Math Mystery Bundle Pack (GRADE 3)

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Read Blog Post: FIVE Easy Ways to use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.

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