Lauren Fulton Math

Solving Systems of Equations Mini Mystery 8th Grade Algebra 1 Activity


This Systems of Equations digital & printable activity is the perfect way to get students engaged and excited to solve systems! Students become suspects after a fellow bus passenger is found murdered. The murderer left a clue sheet and students must work together to figure out who the guilty part is! This activity includes a variety of problems, including solving systems from word problems, graphing, matrices, and substitution.

Students are given character cards when they enter the room and assume the role of a bus passenger. Their leisurely trip is brought to a sudden halt when one of the passengers is found dead. They must work through the clue/worksheet to clear their own name and figure out who among them is the murderer!

This Product Includes

  • Mystery Story PowerPoint
  • Systems of Equations 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 in Google Slides!

    This product aligns to CCSS 8.EE.C.8 , 8.EE.C.8a , 8.EE.C.8b , 8.EE.C.8c and TEKS A.2I and A.5C


    I didn't leave a review when I originally purchased this activity, but I have recently used it again and it was a lot of fun. My students really enjoyed figuring out the mystery.
    My students loved using this resource! They were very engaged the entire class period and worked well together. Thank you! - Tricia M.