# The Box is Locked! Thanksgiving Math Challenge {Multiplication & Division}

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### Description

The Box is Locked! is an engaging math challenge for Thanksgiving, with a multiplication and division story problem focus. A Pilgrim boy named Sam has locked a prize inside of a box, and students must solve his clues and find the key to open the box!

Students must DO MATH and BREAK CODES in order to solve Sam's six clues! Clues involve engaging number stories (all multiplication/division based) in which the answers are needed to complete other clues; construction of "Sam's Decoder Tube" (don't worry, it's actually pretty simple to make) to figure out a password; and even a "Shift Cipher" secret message that reveals the location of the hidden key. Once students find the key, they’ll open the lock and share Sam’s prize with the entire class!

I provide you with:

• an opening note from Sam the Pilgrim to set the scene
• ideas for prizes including a collectible ribbon/bookmark (collect them all!) and a sheet of homework passes
• paper lock, key, and straps to secure the box containing the prize. (You could also use a real lock and key with a box secured with a chain.)
• SEVEN difficulty levels of clues with multiplication/division story problems and clever puzzles that students must solve in order to ultimately find the location of the hidden key. ("Difficulty Levels At-a-Glance" Chart is included to help determine appropriate level.) See below for further details on levels.
• Step-by-step, detailed instructions on how to set up the materials, including: preparing the prize box, hiding the key (two specific options provided), setting up the clues, and leading the activity.

All you provide is a box that closes, like a shoe box or storage bin. (For this "The Box is Locked" activity, students will also need scissors and a little bit of tape to complete certain clues.)

Check out my The Box is Locked! Addition & Subtraction Challenge for Thanksgiving too!

Details on Levels

The math focus in this activity is multiplication and division story problems. 7 difficulty levels of the clues are included. The challenge is most appropriate for students in grades 3-5. However, it may also work for students in grade 2 or 6. The challenge is intended to be done in partnerships and without calculators. Please see below and check out the preview for a closer look at the appropriateness for your group of students.

• Level A (grade 2-3): story problems involving 1-digit x 1-digit; 2-digit / 1-digit; picture support for most problems
• Level B (grade 3): story problems involving 1-digit x 1-digit; 1-digit x multiple of 10; 2-digit / 1-digit
• Level C (grade 3): story problems involving 1-digit x 1-digit; 1-digit x multiple of 10; 2-digit / 1-digit; two-step problem included
• Level D (grade 4): story problems involving 2-digit x 1-digit; multiple of 10 x multiple of 10; 2-digit / 2-digit; 2-digit / 1-digit; two-step problem included
• Level E (grade 4): story problems involving 2-digit x 1-digit; 3-digit / 1-digit with remainders; multiple of 10 / multiple of 10; two-step problem included
• Level F (grade 4-5): story problems involving 4-digit x 1-digit; 4-digit / 1-digit with remainders (which may need to be interpreted); two-step problem included
• Level G (grade 5): story problems involving 2-digit x 2-digit; 4-digit / 1-digit; 4-digit / multiple of 10 with remainders (which may need to be interpreted); two-step problem included

**NOTE: This resource is NOT editable.**

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### Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-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.
Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
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.
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.
Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10 in the range 10–90 (e.g., 9 × 80, 5 × 60) using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.