This week my Year 7 maths class have solved celebrity murders using algebra clues. They were able to practise many of the skills that we had been working on in this unit such as collecting like terms and substitution.
Each murder has 4 clues to solve and students worked in pairs. I enjoyed listening to them explaining to each other what they were doing. I have used this with a few Y7 classes of different abilities and it has always been something that my classes have enjoyed. Any groups that solved the 4 crimes then made a start on making up their own.
There are 2 sets of clues provided – the first set are easier. If you are using the first set then you will need the alphabet code too. The code is only needed for the substitution. The ones with maps just require pupils to collect the like terms and then match their answer to one of those provided.
I am not a maths specialist, so any feedback would be gratefully received.