Who stole the microphone for the winter concert?
This fun activity has students up and moving to solve multi-step addition and subtraction fraction problems. Students solve the problems and each correct answer gives them a clue in figuring out who took the microphone, 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 multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators (5 are word problems and 5 are numbers only), 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. The answer sheet contains more than just the answer- it shows students how to solve the problem, which really helps students to figure out where the errors in any incorrectly solved problems lie.
I did this with a high level fourth grade class and it was a ton of fun. Calculator use is suggested- these are TOUGH problems that make students think! Students don't realize they are solving difficult word problems because they are having too much fun solving the mystery!