This activity combines the skill of solving quadratics by factoring when a=1 with the classic board game CLUE. Students will use the clues they gather from correctly solving quadratic equations by factoring to solve the mystery of Who Killed Mr. Quad.
This kit offers two ways to use this activity.
Use as a Scavenger Hunt: The download includes 24 full-color cards for you to print and hang around your room for a class activity. As students solve the equations, they look around the room for their answer to see what clue they should eliminate.
Use as an Individual Activity: The download also includes a version that has all of the necessary clue information so students can complete this activity outside of the classroom.
In both versions, the worksheet contains 20 quadratic equations, and each answer is associated with either a suspect, a weapon or a location. When a student gets the answer, that option is eliminated from the mystery. When they are finished, students will only have one suspect, one weapon and location left, and they will have solved the mystery!
This is the first in a series of related mysteries which all involve solving quadratic equations:
These great activities can also be purchased as a set at a discounted price!
Update: This stand-alone activity is now customizable. Users may update the title, suspects, weapons and locations. If you plan to use this as part of the series of mysteries, please be aware that the customizations you make in this first activity will not automatically carry through to later activities.