Students loving their crime shows and wishing math class could be just as fun?? Welcome to Detective Quests!! Where problem-solving meets crime-solving!
Detective Quests combine mathematical skill practice with logic, reasoning, and crime-solving skills. This activity provides a thorough review of a unit on the Pythagorean Theorem with minimal teacher prep. It provides students with immediate feedback on every problem which goes a loooong way towards eliminating mistakes prior to test time! Students practice not only the math skill but good academic thinking talk as they reason through the math and the logical reasoning required to solve the mystery.
• print out and copy/staple pages 3-8 for students. This includes the case background, space to show their work, and space to organize their clues.
• Print/copy enough of pages 9-11 so each partner group gets a set. They will cut the cards apart themselves (less work for you – wahoo!).
• Print/copy enough of pages 12-35 for the number of groups you have. There are 8 clues per page so if you have 14 groups you will need to print 2 of each slide.
• Cut out the clues and arrange them in piles. This is quick as all matching cards are together (it took me 15 minutes and that was with student interruptions during bell work). I sit at my front group work table and make a simple array of card piles in front of me.
• Students will cut apart the task cards. They will work with their partner to solve the problems, showing their work on the workspace in their packet.
• After each problem is solved, they bring up their paper to the front table where I check the answer (task cards and clue cards are numbered to make this a quick and easy process). If correct, I hand them the matching clue card.
• I tell them to bring only one card at a time. There will be a small line at your table, but bringing only one clue at a time will make it go quick. You can always put a quick checkmark in each box to show that you’ve seen the answer in order to facilitate (read: eliminate) grading later.
When all problems are solved and all clues are gathered students will organize their clues on the pages provided to solve the mystery. I typically give the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams to solve the mysery correctly some extra credit. Oftentimes its not the brightest math students who figure it out!
This Detective Quest covers pre-algebra aspects of the Pythagorean Theorem. Questions include using the Pythagorean Theorem to find the hypotenuse given the legs, find one of the legs given the other leg and the hypotenuse, word problems, using the distance formula with ordered pairs, and classifying a triangle as acute, right, obtuse, or nonexistent.
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