# Earth Day Activity: Case of the Litterbug (Grade 3 Earth Day Math Mystery)

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1. This complete math mystery bundle contains all of my math mysteries for Grade 3 up to date! Make math fun and exciting with these engaging activities that will motivate even some of your most reluctant learners.MULTIPLE USESUse as a classroom review activity, include in your math centers, leave for
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2. These fun math mystery activities will get your students excited about doing math review! Save time and money with this Math Mystery HOLIDAY bundle for Grade 3!Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down a list and solve the case!This pack
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Earth Day Math Mystery (Grade 3) “Case of The Litterbug”. NO PREP, just print and go! Your students will be engaged and motivated by this fun detective story, which also encourages critical thinking as they must reason their way through eliminating suspects. These NO PREP worksheets are common core aligned and are great for practice and review.

There is an optional video hook that can be used to introduce your students into the activity. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO HOOK

NEW - Editable Suspects list added to the packet. This way you can change the suspect names and alter the mystery outcome. There are also two alternative pre-made lists you can use instead. This is a great option if your students have already done this mystery story before and you need to change the mystery answer.

In this math mystery pack you will receive:
- Teacher Instructions
- The Math Mystery Story
- Optional Video Hook
- Possible Suspect List - that students will use as they work through each math clue worksheet.
- Clue 1 Worksheet: Roman Numerals (Numbers between 1-50)
- Clue 2 Worksheet: Estimating Sums – up to 1000 (Round to the nearest 10 and then add.)
- Clue 3 Worksheet: Balancing Subtraction Equations (2-Digit and 3-Digit numbers) - Please note that this clue is quite challenging. If you need me to give you the easier option from Grade 2, please email me and I'll be happy to give you the Clue 3 sheet from Grade 2 for free (I've now updated this resource to include the easier sheet file within the folder download - April 14, 2018).
- Clue 4 Worksheet: Identifying 2D and 3D Shapes
- Clue 5 Worksheet: Multiplication and Division (Facts between 1-12)
- A suspect declaration sheet that includes a clue completion checklist and a teacher check off as solved/try again.
- Answer sheets for each clue plus a color-coded guide to the elimination process of the suspect list.
- Printable awards to give to students who solve the case and catch the litterbug!

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. I highly 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." There are lots of ways to implement this activity in your classroom, learn more in the blog post link below:
Read Blog Post: Five Easy Ways to use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.

Great Earth Day Math Activity!

This Earth Day Math Mystery activity is available for GRADES 1-6!

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Earth Day READING MYSTERY: Once Upon a Crime, Forest Grime!

Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE

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COMPLETE Math Mystery Bundle for GRADE 3
HOLIDAY Math Mysteries Bundle Pack GRADE 3
SKILLS Math Mystery Bundle (3rd Grade)
SEASONS Math Mystery Bundle Pack (GRADE 3)

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Read Blog Post: FIVE Easy Ways to use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.

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