Math Mysteries: The Cookie Factory Mystery
This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Math Mysteries Series: Crimes, Capers and Whodunits
Running Time: 15 Minutes
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The Cookie Factory Mystery is a unique interactive math mystery that combines video clips and print material—all the clues your students will need--to solve this engaging and challenging mystery.
Aligned with Common Core Standards, this mystery covers the Ratios and Proportional Relationships domain:Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
Charlene Strawberry's cookie business is in trouble. Her new Peppermint-Filled Chocolate Cookie taste like dog food! Charlene is convinced it's sabotage. Using their math skills, your students discover that she's right. So whodunit? One of her trusted employees? Or is the culprit Simon Botsteen, her main competitor? And what does Francoise the hypnotist have to do with the case?
The Math: Click on each Investigation below for more details and Common Core correlations.
Focuses on standard 6.RP.A.3 as students work with the ratios to solve a real-world problem. After converting cookie ingredients from single cookie measures to measures per dozen, students are challenged to compare the ingredients for two different recipes. By identifying a pattern in the differences, students obtain a clue towards solving the cookie case.
Focuses on students developing and analyzing possible motives for the suspects in the case. Students use information provided and proceeding mathematical calculations and interpretation will help identify the culprit.
Focuses on standards 6.RP.A.1 and 6.RP.A.3 as students analyze rate and ratio statements made by two of the suspects. After calculating unit rates for the suspects’ statements and for data collected in the factory, they are challenged to compare them. This comparison will determine whether or not our suspects are telling the truth!
Focuses on standard 6.RP.A.3 as students use tables to compare the cookie sales for two rival cookie companies. After converting production data to show both production in dozens and total cookie amounts, students can compare the production of the two companies. By analyzing the data in the tables and also a graph, students can determine the motive of a prime suspect.
Focuses on students using their mathematical findings to focus on a suspect and the motive for the crime. Students are challenged to use data and examples to support their determination of the suspect responsible for the sabotage of the cookie factory and the math behind the motive.
Approximately 15-minute DVD, 35-page Teacher’s Resource Book (including Teacher’s Notes, Student Investigation Workbook and Case File)
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Winner of the Summer 2015 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award