Writing Algebraic Expressions Mystery Activity (Customizable Scavenger Hunt)

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6th - 9th, Homeschool
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This activity combines the skill of writing algebraic expressions with the classic board game CLUE. Students will use the clues they gather from correctly writing algebraic expressions to solve the mystery!

This item is customizable using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can customize:

  1. The title of your mystery -- If you don't want to use the CLUE board game model where the students investigate a murder, you can now change the setting to be anything you would like! Ideas that other teachers have used include a burglary, a case of mixed-up identity, what the teacher did last weekend... whatever you can imagine!
  2. The suspects, the weapons and the locations! Students enjoy seeing their teachers, administrators, rival schools, and local and national sports heroes included in their assignments.

Please note that the user is NOT able to edit the individual questions or answers.

This kit offers two ways to use this activity.

Use as a Scavenger Hunt: The download includes 23 full-color cards for you to print and hang around your room for a class activity. As students solve the equations, they look around the room for their answer to see what clue they should eliminate.

Use as an Individual Activity: The download also includes a version that has all of the necessary clue information so students can complete this activity outside of the classroom.

In both versions, the worksheet contains 20 algebraic word phrases, and each answer is associated with either a suspect, a tool or weapon, or a location. When a student gets the answer, that option is eliminated from the mystery. When they are finished, students will only have one suspect, one weapon and location left, and they will have solved the mystery!

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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