Keeping our kids challenged and engaged in meaningful experiences during the last few weeks of school is nothing short of a CHALLENGE. The struggle is REAL!! The mystery messages contained in this packet were designed to do just that…engage your students in meaningful activities that reinforce both math and literacy skills while keeping them excited about learning at the same time.
Students will solve the equations and record the sum/difference in the corresponding column. Each sum/difference corresponds with a letter on the mystery keys provided at the top of each page. Students will find the corresponding letters, record them, and then write them in the matching spaces on the Mystery Message recording sheet. Once the mystery message has been decoded, students will rewrite the message and illustrate it in the spaces provided. Each mystery message is a sentence about common May/Summer themes: beach, ocean, cookouts, camping, fishing, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, etc.
To keep kids excited about solving the mysteries, each “solved case” gets them a stamped fingerprint on their tracking charts. Once they have decoded each mystery….or solved each case… and their tracking chart is complete, they
will earn a certificate and a badge. Addition, subtraction, and mixed
operation equations are included.
These are perfect for morning work and/or “fast finisher” activities.
I have also included a parent letter should you choose to send these
mystery messages home with your students to keep them practicing
their math & literacy skills during the summer break. These would be the
perfect little activity to help prevent the dreaded “summer slide”.
15 Addition Mystery Messages with corresponding equation sheets, mystery message recording sheets, master key, detective badges, certificates, and tracking sheets
15 Subtraction Mystery Messages with corresponding equation sheets, mystery message recording sheets, master key, detective badges, certificates, and tracking sheets
Addition to 20
Subtraction from 18
6 BONUS MIXED OPERATION MYSTERY MESSAGES!!!!! (and corresponding recording sheets, tracking sheet, certificate, and badge
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The First Grade Parade