Mission Impossible is a high-intense math game in which students must complete a set of problems in order to beat the clock. Using a spy theme, students will use codes (word version also included) and problem solve to open "secret packages" to advance through the game. My students described this game as "stupid fun". This game can be used as a formative assessment, review, or just for fun.
As students (up to 5 teams) play against the clock and each other, they have have an opportunity to play "Time Bombs" to delay other spy teams who are in the lead. This game is very versatile when it comes to setup. You can use anything, including locks, to add a little pizazz. Personally, I went the cheap route with plastic bins and envelopes. I place all envelopes and materials students will need in their bin (Spy Kit). Students will open the next envelope only when they give you the correct answer. As far as setup, possibilities are endless.
With the exception of the Mission Impossible theme song ($.99 - Amazon), everything you need is included in your purchase. Other than printing everything on 4 x 5 index cards, there is very little prep-work. I would recommend laminating for durability. Storage is simple. Use a rubber band to wrap the answer key around cards and store. I have multiple Mission Impossible games (coming soon) and I reuse the envelopes.
This Mission Impossible is for the beginning of the 4th Grade year. It covers basic Place Value skills as well as creating team building skills.