This activity is ideal for end-of-the-year exam review for (full year) Algebra 1. It will get your students out of their seats and working cooperatively in small groups. They will use their knowledge of Algebra 1 topics (equations and proportions, interpreting graphs, Pythagorean theorem, writing linear functions, determining average rate of change/slope, finding intercepts, solving systems, and solving quadratics) in order to solve problems. Every correct answer helps eliminate suspects, locations, or “weapons”– just like the popular board game.
This is one of my favorite activities to do as a review & as a way to deepen students’ understanding of concepts that they learned in a unit. This activity is one that the students actually enjoy. If I put the same questions on a worksheet, I might hear a lot of whining. Instead, they see this as a game, and they work hard to solve the mystery.
All you have to do is post the questions around the room, assign students to groups, & give them their answer sheets. The next thing you know, you have a classroom full of actively engaged students who are working together to solve problems. Sound too good to be true? Try it, and you will become a believer, too!