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4th Grade Fractions Review - Math Mystery Fractions Equivalent, reducing + more

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4th grade common core fractions review wrapped up in a fun Math Mystery! Students must use their fraction math skills to discover where the Forgetful Pharaoh left his Scepter in Ancient Egypt! They will be required to reduce fractions to lowest terms, compare fractions, create equivalent fractions, add and subtract with LIKE denominators, and convert improper fractions to mixed number fractions.

Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs 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. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of suspects to find the culprit and the cure!

Suggestion: Pace the clues one by one to keep the class at the same point. If using the clues in a different order, keep the suspect list away from students until all five clues are completed and discovered.

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Optional VIDEO HOOK available, click here to view.

MP4 file included in the download.

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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.

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

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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are 5 clues to crack to solve the mystery:

Clue 1: Reducing Fractions to Lowest Terms

Clue 2: Comparing Fractions (Mixture of like denominators and numerators and some unlike!)

Clue 3: Equivalent Fractions with denominators of 10, 100 and 1000

Clue 4: Adding and Subtracting LIKE Fractions (simplifying answers required)

Clue 5: Convert improper fractions to mixed number fractions (simplifying answers required)

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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This Fractions Math Mystery is available for other grades. Click on the links to check out what fraction skills are covered in each:

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Fractions Math Mystery: Case of The Forgetful Pharaoh (GRADE 4)

Fractions Math Mystery: Case of The Forgetful Pharaoh (GRADE 5)

Fractions Math Mystery: Case of The Forgetful Pharaoh (GRADE 6)

Fractions Math Mystery: Case of the Forgetful Pharaoh (GRADE 7)

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100.
Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
Explain why a fraction 𝘢/𝘣 is equivalent to a fraction (𝘯 × 𝘢)/(𝘯 × 𝘣) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

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