Who stole the gumball machine from the principal's office?
This fun activity has students up and moving to solve a variety of 5th grade math problems including: order of operations, percentages, greatest common factors, least common multiples, adding and subtracting fractions, simplifying an equation, finding the range and mean of a set of data, fractions of a set, and mixed operation problems- all with a fun birthday theme. Students solve the problems and each correct answer gives them a clue in figuring out who took the gumball machine, where it is, and why it was taken.
Just print and go- hardly any prep, other than cutting out 10 problems, is needed!
Included is a letter to the students about the mystery they have to solve, 10 problems that review 5th grade math concepts, student answer sheets encouraging students to show their work, and answer keys for all the problems. Additionally, there is a QR code on the answer sheet that students can use to check their work when they have completed the activity if you have access to tablets in your room.
I did this with a high level fifth grade class and it was a ton of fun. Calculator use is suggested. Students don't realize they are solving difficult word problems because they are having too much fun solving the mystery!