Math Mysteries: Peterson's Last Challenge
This item is included in the following series/curriculum: Math Mysteries Series: Crimes, Capers and Whodunits
Running Time: 15 Minutes
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Peterson's Last Challenge 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 Number System domain: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and diviosn to divide fractions by fractions.
When millionaire Gabe Peterson dies, he leaves half his fortune to his family. The other half will go to dog shelters around the country – but only if students can discover the name of his first dog. Family members and friends provide clues in the form of reminiscences – a childhood newspaper route, a camel race, a tale of espionage - that include math riddles. But not everyone wants to help solve the challenge. Who is being deceptive? The answer (and the dog’s name) are in the numbers.
The Student Investigation Workbook helps scaffold learners toward grabbing the reward!
The Math: Click on each Investigation below for more details and Common Core correlations.
Focuses on standards 6.NS.C.6 and 6.NS.C.8 as students plot points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane and use them to solve a real-life problem. The points represent a path used for delivering newspapers and when they are connected they provide a valuable clue.
Focuses on standard 6.NS.A.1 as students use mixed operations with fractions. Students are presented with a story about two camels racing. By correctly determining the appropriate operations and solutions students are challenged to find out who won the race and obtain a valuable clue.
Focuses on standard 6.NS.A.1 as students use mixed operations with fractions. Students are presented with a set of cards that each has a single digit. A series of clues and symbols challenge students to create problems involving both multiplication and division of fractions. The solutions of these problems scaffold towards another clue.
Focuses on standard 6.NS.B.2 as students identify greatest common factors for groups of numbers. After using visual clues to obtain groups of numbers, students are challenged to find a series of greatest common factors. The sum of these common factors provides a final clue.
Uses the clues provided in the previous investigations to solve the mystery. Students use a series of numeric values and are challenged to crack the code to determine a dog’s name and capture the reward!
11-minute DVD, 35-page Teacher’s Resource Book (including Teacher’s Notes, Student Investigation Workbook and Case File)
Click the "View Video" link below to watch how the Math Mysteries programs are being implemented in the classroom.View Video
Winner of the Summer 2015 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award