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# Crime Solvers: The Case of the Chemistry Catastrophe (Order of Operations)

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My students absolutely LOVE playing Crime Solvers cases in my classroom. The first few we did as a whole class and now we use them in our math centers. They are self-checking and really motivate students to practice their math skills.

'The Case of the Chemistry Catastrophe' focuses on solving expressions using the order of operations (aka PEMDAS) in a real-world context with whole numbers. Students need to understand the basic concept of the order of operations, exponents, and parentheses, as well as the associated terminology. The general skills students will review with this activity include vocabulary, computation, error analysis, and word problems. Students can work independently or with peers to solve the case.

Here's how this activity works. Students read the case file which gives them all the details on the mystery and their objective. They read through all 6 suspect cards and report on whether each suspect is innocent or guilty using their case report worksheet. They'll know a suspect is guilty if their math doesn't add up. They have to work through all the suspect cards because most times, there is more than one culprit! After solving the case, students read the 'Case Closed' brief and learn the culprits' motives and consequences.

Other Crime Solvers Cases:
The Case of the Ruined Reputation (Exponents)
The Case of the Sour Lemons (Evaluating Expressions)
The Case of the Donut Dilemma (Ratios)
The Case of the Pizza Party Prank (Fraction Operations)
The Case of the Missing Movie Money (Rates & Unit Rates)
The Case of the Candy Shop Conundrum (GCF)
The Case of the Grand Opening Giveaway (LCM)
The Case of the Forecast Fiasco (Integers on a Number Line)
The Case of the Great Rabbit Race (Adding and Subtracting Decimals)
The Case of the Watermelon Weigh-In (Multiplying Decimals)
The Case of the Cosmic Bowling Bandit (Dividing Fractions)
The Case of the Renovation Retaliation (Converting Measurements)

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