4th Grade Beginning of the Year, Back to School Math Mystery -3rd Grade Review

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1. These fun math mystery activities will get your students excited about doing math review! Save time and money with this Math Mystery HOLIDAY bundle for Grade 4!Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down a list and solve the case!This pack
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Back to School Math Mystery: the Case of The School Invaders - 4th Grade Edition.
Students must review math skills from the previous grade to help get rid of the stinky, slimy Geometron aliens invading Mathhattan Elementary School!
NO PREP, print and go!

Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. The clues will help them eliminate locations to find where the aliens' transponder is!

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Optional video hook included for introducing the case!

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Preparation
- No Prep required! Print the student pages, staple or place
in a folder, and your students are set to go.
- Have the video hook ready for viewing at the start of the
lesson on an IWB, iPad or computer monitor screen.
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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

Clue 1: Rounding (To the nearest 10 or 100)
Clue 2: Place Value of the Underlined Digit (Ones, Tens, Hundreds, Thousands)
Clue 3: Multiplication Facts (mix between 2-12)
Clue 4: Addition Algorithms (2-Digit and 3-Digit Numbers)
Clue 5: Identify 2-D and 3-D Shapes

Students must use critical thinking skills to figure out what the clue is telling them to eliminate from the list of possibilities.
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Multiple Uses
- Suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.
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."
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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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- If you would like more challenging math skills, select a higher grade level version of this mystery.
- If you would like a set of easier math skills, select a lower grade level version of this mystery.

This Back to School Math Mystery activity is also available for the other grade levels listed below:

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Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE
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Bundle and Save!
COMPLETE Math Mystery Bundle for GRADE 4
Holiday Math Mystery Bundle {GRADE 4}
Seasons Math Mystery Bundle Pack (GRADE 4)
SKILLS Math Mystery Bundle (4th Grade)

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Not sure what a math mystery is? CLICK HERE to watch a video about Math Mysteries or read this blog post: What is a Math Mystery?

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

TRY A FULL FREE MATH MYSTERY HERE (GRADES 1 - 6 DIFFERENTIATED BUNDLE)

Check out this blog post to save paper:
How to Create Reusable Math Mystery Files to Save Paper

Browse the range of 4th Grade Math Mysteries HERE.
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