Make math review more fun with CRYPTOGRAMS!
For those who haven't experienced cryptograms before, a cryptogram is a message that has been translated into nonsense- that can mean numbers, shapes, animal pictures, and in this case EQUATIONS!
Have your students solve the math problems, and this will give the student a number (answer) that corresponds to a letter.
For example, if a cryptogram says "A = 1/4 + 1/4" then A = 1/2. The student would then write the letter in on the line below the corresponding answer. Using our example, the student would write a capital letter "A" under the fraction "1/2".
The student will keep going, solving problems and filling corresponding letters in below the appropriate answers, until the spaces are completely filled in.
The result will be that the students will get the answer to the riddle!
In this the answer is "BECAUSE HE LOST HIS FILLING".
NOTE: Sometimes students are just really good at solving riddles, or have heard the joke before, so I'm in the practice of copying the assignment with the question covered. So the sheet prints without the riddle. The students then solve for the answer, and you tell them the joke. This way everyone gets the joke at the same time!