Elementary Math Mystery Worksheets

August 27, 2023

Elementary Math Mystery Worksheets


Elementary Math Mystery Worksheets

Teaching math to disengaged elementary students is tough!

That’s Math Mysteries is the way to go. Kids love adventure and solving mysteries and it’s actually a lot easier than you think.

The following are some ideas for creating Math Mysteries to foster mathematical thinking:

Math Detective Story: Create a short mystery story that involves math problems. The story could involve characters solving math problems to unlock clues or solve a mystery. For example, “You have been nominated as Chief Detective and your brief is to crack the code to the disappearance of the school bus!” n

Math Scavenger Hunt: Set up a scavenger hunt with math problems as clues. Each clue should lead the students closer to solving the mystery. Kid can either work individually, with a partner or small group of problem solvers!

Missing Number Mystery: Provide a sequence of numbers with one or more missing. Ask the students to figure out the missing numbers based on the pattern. For example, “2, 4, __, 8, 10, __, 14.” The missing numbers are 6 and 12.

‘Guess Who I Am’ Math Puzzles: I am a three-digit number, I am odd and my tens digit is double my ones digit…Guess who I am?

Unscrambling Codes: Provide a scrambled word, sentence or message with a key, eg: A = 3, B = 7, C Kids love to solve scrambled messages!

Color by Code Mystery: Say no more…color by code and kids is always a winner.

Who Dunnit? Create a brief for your detective students to solve. Your brief should be an outline of the mystery case, the detective’s task, consist of a decoding sheet for them to crack the code.

Math Word Problems: Create fun math word problems that provide clues to solving the mystery. Include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Kids practice key math skills and solve a mystery at the same time!

Elementary Math Mystery Worksheets

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Elementary Math Mystery Worksheets

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