Math Mysteries: Lord Symington's Castle
This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Math Mysteries Series: Crimes, Capers and Whodunits
Running Time: 15 Minutes
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Lord symington's Castle 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 Expressions and Equations domain: Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
More than 100 years ago, Lord Symington hid a fortune – diamonds, gold, and a Rembrandt painting – somewhere within three rooms of his castle. He left clues to the exact location of the riches in each room. But the clues are in the form of math riddles and to date, no one has been able to solve them and locate the treasures. The present-day Symingtons desperately need money or they’ll lose the castle. Using the clues in Lord Symington’s journal, and listening to the riddles, a medieval war story, a vampire tale and a story about sheep, your students must sift through the information, find the treasures, and rescue the Symingtons from bankruptcy.
The student activities and the workbook help scaffold learners toward grabbing the reward!
The Math: Click on each Investigation below for more details and Common Core correlations.
Focuses on standard 6.EE.A.2 as students evaluate algebraic expressions and equations. After obtaining a set of numbers from clues provided, students are challenged to substitute these values into an algebraic equation. After using these values to create coordinate pairs, students are challenged to plot the points and find the location of one of the treasures.
Focuses on standard 6.EE.B.6 as students use variables to write algebraic expressions and use them to solve a real-life problem. Students are provided with a story about different types of sheep and their populations. After creating algebraic expressions to represent the types of sheep, students are challenged to solve a problem to determine the number of sheep. This value leads students towards another treasure in the castle.
Focuses on standards 6.EE.B.5 and 6.EE.B.8 as students evaluate algebraic inequalities and determine which values make the inequality true. After obtaining a set of numbers from clues provided, students are challenged to substitute these values into an algebraic inequality. By determining the values that satisfy both inequalities and plotting the solutions on a number line, students are given a clue to another treasure.
11-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