Lauren Fulton Math

Thanksgiving Fall Math Activity Middle School Mystery 7th, 8th, Algebra


This Fall Math Mystery makes a wonderful Thanksgiving math activity for 6th - 9th grade classrooms*! This activity includes digital & printable versions! Students must work together to solve problems involving one-step equations, operations with decimals, multi-step word problems, unit rate conversions, and proportions to figure out who among them is a thief!

Upon entering the classroom, students are handed unique suspect cards, and assume the identity of Fall Festival patrons. Their lovely Autumn break outing is interrupted when a when a thief, dressed as a scarecrow robs a group of people in the hay maze. The students must solve a series of math problems to uncover the suspect's identity and figure out who among them is the thief!

This activity is a perfect team-building activity for Thanksgiving/Fall Break. No Holidays are mentioned (just Fall break), so this activity can be used at any point during the Fall.

The digital version of this activity is created in Google Slides and includes a full set of instructions for students and teachers.


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 of Activity, Complete with Student & Teacher Instructions
  • Video Instructions for Teacher - How to Assign Through 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 : 11 pages
Answer Key : Included
Teaching Duration : 45 minutes

This product aligns to CCSS 7.EE.B.4b

Loved this resource! Great to work on math problem solving and persevering through problems in a constructive manner. Also a great addition to our "Fun Fridays" - Emily F.