# Growth Mindset Math Mystery Activity - 4th Grade Edition

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Growth Mindset Math Mystery Activity - 4th Grade Edition.
NO PREP, print and go! This mystery has been tailored to use early in the school year, so the math reviews concepts from the previous grade level to help you assess your students.

Students must use their math skills to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of nominees to find the winner!
Suggestion: For this specific mystery, I recommend keeping the possible winners list away from students till the end.
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Optional VIDEO HOOK available to use to introduce students to this math mystery activity. CLICK HERE to VIEW Video Hook
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Preparation
- No Prep required! Print the student pages, staple or place in a folder, and your students are set to go.
- Have the video hook ready for viewing at the start of the lesson on an IWB, iPad or computer monitor screen.
- Editable Winners list included: This enables you to change the character names and alter the mystery outcome. Two alternative pre-made lists also included for a quick swap out.
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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

Clue 1: Triple-Digit Addition (with regrouping)
Clue 2: Triple-Digit Subtraction (with regrouping)
Clue 3: Multiplication Facts (1-12)
Clue 4: Place Value - the value of a digit up to hundred thousands.
Clue 5: Rounding numbers to the nearest ten and hundred.

Students must use critical thinking skills to figure out what the clue is telling them to eliminate from the list of possibilities.
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Multiple Uses
- Suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.
I 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."
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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.

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- If you would like more challenging math skills, select a higher grade level version of this mystery.
- If you would like an easier math version of this mystery, choose a lower grade level version of this mystery.

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Growth Mindset Math Mystery: Case of The Magnificent Growth Mindset (GRADE 3)
Growth Mindset Math Mystery: Case of The Magnificent Growth Mindset (GRADE 4)
Growth Mindset Math Mystery: Case of The Magnificent Growth Mindset (GRADE 5)
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Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE
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Bundle and Save!
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Not sure what a math mystery is? CLICK HERE to watch a video about Math Mysteries or read this blog post: What is a Math Mystery?

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

TRY A FULL FREE MATH MYSTERY HERE (GRADES 1 - 6 DIFFERENTIATED BUNDLE)

Check out this blog post to save paper:
How to Create Reusable Math Mystery Files to Save Paper

Browse the range of 4th Grade Math Mysteries HERE.
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Mrs. J.

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