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March Madness CRACK THE CODE (Grades 1-5)

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Updated 2-25-20 to include more differentiation options, clue card signs if you want to put all items for each clue card in an envelope, and a printer friendly version for easy printing with minimal cutting as clue cards are now a full size sheet of paper.

This March have a BALL and challenge your students with a MARCH MADNESS themed CRACK THE CODE! Crack the Codes allow students to feel success in all academic areas, while working hard to collaborate, persevere, and problem solve with their peers. Crack the Codes take students on a "scavenger hunt" style game where six clue cards will need to be located and solved. This resource includes options for grades 1st through 5th where you can pick and choose whichever clue cards best suit your students! Here is a closer look at what types of challenges are included in this Crack the Code!

In this challenge, students will be reading passages, solving math problems, using a letter decoder to decode secret messages, participating in stem activities, and collecting letters on basketballs throughout the breakout in order to spell DOUBLE (as in a name for a type of dribble in basketball). There is a recording sheet included which students can use to show their work for each question and submit at the end!

The only additional supplies you will need in addition to printing this PDF are red plastic cups for basketball hoops, masking tape for the free throw line, and plastic balls, cheese puffs, or crumpled up paper for basketballs. You can also grab this adorable MINI basketball hoop and balls that has a suction cup to hang the hoop from a white board, filing cabinet etc. on Amazon HERE

Differentiation Options

Grades 1st & 2nd: There are 6 versions of the math clue including finding the larger number for 3 digit, 2 digit, 1 digit, and 1 digit numbers modified for only 16 teams, 8 teams, and 4 teams. There are also 4 blank template math options so you can pick a specific skill for your students to work on. There are also 4 ELA options for creating words out of the letters MARCH MADNESS. You can do this whole class as a Crack the Code or you could use each clue card as a CENTER.

Differentiation Options

Grades 3rd-5th: There are 4 versions of the math clue including finding the larger number for 4 digit, 3 digit, 2 digit, and 1 digit numbers. There are also 3 ELA options for creating words out of the letters MARCH MADNESS.

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Directions with lots of details included

Clue Cards (various options to choose from, grades 1-5 included)

Tips and Tricks on how to make this an engaging and exciting activity

Student Recording Sheet for students to show their work and submit at the end

Teaching Answer Sheet

Printable Award upon completion of activity (Badge)

Introduction Slide

Clue Card signs if you'd like to keep all supplies for each clue card in one place


Follow me on Instagram @thelimitlessclassroom and over at thelimitlessclassroom.com to see more fun tips and tricks from my classroom!

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