Lauren Fulton Math

Order of Operations Activity Mystery 5th 6th Grade PEMDAS


This low-prep order of operations activity is an engaging way for 5th, 6th, & 7th grade students to practice their GEMDAS/PEMDAS skills! In this digital & printable activity, students become suspects after all of the camping gear has been stolen and they must solve problems involving PEMDAS and order of operations to solve the mystery and figure out who among them is the thief!

Students are given character cards when they enter the room and assume the role a camper. Their camping experience is interrupted when they return to find all of their gear has been stolen and someone among them has taken it! They must work through the clue/worksheet to clear their own name and figure out who among them is the thief!

⭐This Product Includes⭐

  • Murder Mystery Story PowerPoint
  • Murder Mystery Clue Sheet
  • 35 Unique Suspect/Character Cards
  • Full Answer Key & Set-Up Guide
  • Digital Version of the Activity with Teacher & Student Instructions
  • Video Tutorial for Sharing with Students in Google Classroom

*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 : 12 pages
Answer Key : Included
Teaching Duration : 50 minutes

This product aligns to CCSS 6.NS.B.3 & 6.EE.A.1

I have purchased quite a few of these mysteries through the years and my students year after year enjoy it. They especially like that someone in the room is the killer and even they don't know it's them! A great item to reuse each year as well. - Catherine T.