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4th Grade Beginning of the Year Distance Learning - Back to School Math Mystery

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Description

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!

Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download.

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.

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!

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO HOOK!

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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.

- 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."

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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:

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 1

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 2

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 3

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 4

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 5

Case of the School Invaders - Grade 6

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

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SKILLS Math Mystery Bundle (4th Grade)

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Standards

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Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals, and draw examples of quadrilaterals that do not belong to any of these subcategories.
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.
Fluently add and subtract within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

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