Thanksgiving Math Activity: Math Mystery {GRADE 4 Mixed Math Review}

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Description

This Thanksgiving Math Mystery, the "Case of the Gobbler's Curse" (4th Grade Edition), is a fun way to engage your students. In this math detective story, people have all started to lose the power of speech and cannot stop making "gobble, gobble" noises! Students must solve the worksheets to get clues as to which potion will return the power of speech in Mathhattan. Instructions and answer keys are all provided. So make your day a little easier and try one of our math mysteries, your students will love them!

Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Slides option provided within your download.

Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Slides link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages. Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Must be in edit mode, not presentation mode.

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There is an optional Video Hook available to introduce this activity to your students in a fun way. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO HOOK

BONUS: Ending video added to wrap up the case!

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Preparation

- No Prep required! Print the student pages, staple or place

in a folder, and your students are set to go.

- Have the video hook ready for viewing at the start of the

lesson on an IWB, iPad or computer monitor screen.

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Math Skills Required to Unlock Clues

There are five clues to crack to solve the mystery:

- Dividing 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers (interpret remainders)

- Adding Fractions with Like Denominators (Answers must be written as a mixed fraction if possible)

- Multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers.

- Elapsed Time in minutes

- Reducing Fractions

Students must use critical thinking skills to figure out what the clue is telling them to eliminate from the list of potions.

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Multiple Uses

- Suitable for independent, pairs, or group work.

- Use as part of your math centers, add to your sub tubs, make it part of your early finisher tasks, give for homework, or make it part of your classroom practice/review sessions.

I recommend pacing this activity by giving students one clue at a time. Once the whole class has completed a clue, then move on to the next clue either within the same lesson or the next math session. New math content presented? Make a lesson out of it by modeling the math before diving into the clue. I like to say, "we must learn something new before attempting the next clue."

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How long will this activity take?

Time to complete will vary anywhere between 30mins - 2 hours or more! It mainly depends on how familiar your students are with the math mystery format, as well as how difficult they find math skills covered in the particular mystery. Please check the math skills outlined in the clues above to help determine suitability for your class.

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Want different math skills?

The Case of the Gobbler's Curse is available in the other Grade editions listed below. Click to check out the math skills covered in each packet.

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 1)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 2)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 3)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 4)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 5)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 6)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 7)

Thanksgiving Math Mystery: Case of The Gobbler's Curse (GRADE 8)

Differentiation and Important Note about the other Grade Editions when the Mystery is the SAME Story Title:

The clues are the same in the other grades if the mystery story is the same. The math is what is different between the grade packs. I designed the mysteries this way to enable differentiating the task within your classroom (without your kids knowing that they might have an easier or harder version than their peers.) You can also 'clue swap' across grades (except for the 1st grade version) as long as the clue number is the same if you find that you'd prefer the math skill for a particular clue from a different grade edition. For example, swap clue 3 from the 4th grade edition with clue 3 in the 5th grade edition and it will still work the same (just the math will be different). I've added an alternative suspect list to the pack to change the mystery outcome, including two pre-made lists for you to swap out if you want a different mystery solution.

There are many different mystery titles in my store available if you'd like more Math Mysteries with different clues and solutions.

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Add extra motivation with this Detective Rank Chart Download the Mystery Record & Rank Chart FREEBIE HERE

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Not sure what a math mystery is? CLICK HERE to watch a video about Math Mysteries

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

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