Lauren Fulton Math

Back to School Math Activity | 7th 8th Grade Algebra 1 Middle School Mystery


This Back to School Math Mystery Activity makes a wonderful team building challenge for 7th, 8th, and Algebra I middle school classrooms*! Students must work together to solve problems involving one-step equations, operations with decimals, multi-step word problems, and proportions to figure out who among them is a murderer! 

Upon entering the classroom, students are handed unique suspect cards, and assume the identity of grocery store patrons who've become suspects after one of the store's workers is found dead. The students must solve a series of math problems to uncover the suspect's identity and solve the murder mystery! 

This Product Includes

  • Murder Mystery Story PowerPoint
  • Murder Mystery Clue/Worksheet
  • 35 Unique Suspect/Character Cards
  • Full Answer Key & Set-Up Guide
  • Optional PDF to Print Suspect Cards as Name Badges on Avery 25395 Badges
  • Digital Version Included Google Slides (Please Note that students will have to work together in groups on Google Slides if you want them to work as a team.)

*Please look over the preview carefully, to see if this is suitable for your classroom. The problems are designed to present students with a challenge, but the emphasis is Team-Building, so the students shouldn't get bogged down with the math.

Total Pages : 15 pages
Answer Key : Included
Teaching Duration : 45 minutes

My students loved this activity! It was perfect for a beginning of the year group activity. The students were able to work together and brush up on their math and problem solving skills. - Amber C.