# Earth Day Activity: Case of the Litterbug (Grade 4 Earth Day Math Mystery)

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Earth Day Math common core aligned Math Mystery (Grade 4) “Case of The Litterbug”. Your students will be engaged and motivated by this fun Earth Day detective story, which also encourages critical thinking as they must reason their way through eliminating suspects. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided within your download.

A litterbug is on the loose spreading trash all over the place! A great math detective is needed to help the police find the litterbug and save the environment!

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 earth day 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 1-250) (Read Clue 1 guide here)

- Clue 2 Worksheet: Estimating Sums and Differences (Rounding to the nearest tens, hundreds and thousands required)

- Clue 3 Worksheet: Dividing 2-Digit Numbers by 1-Digit Numbers with remainders

- Clue 4 Worksheet: Identifying 2D and 3D Shapes

- Clue 5 Worksheet: Fractions of a Number

- 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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