Monday, 20 May 2013

Mystery Messages Fun! + New Items :)

Firstly, I wanted to give a shout out to every one of you who has followed my TPT store and provided FAB feedback! I love receiving those knowing that I've helped out other teachers make their life just a little easier! .. This has inspired me to create a freebie out of the brand new unit which I've recently revamped as I have used it in the past although it wasn't properly geared up for TPT. :)

I used this this at the end of the year with students struggling with number recognition and order. It's titled 'End of Year Mystery Monster Messages for K'. 

The first step is to prepare the class that they are going to be using their math skills to solve every letter puzzle to make up the one-word answers to the two riddles. You can split the class into groups and laminate a few of thyese riddle sheets for durability. Here are the pages for the riddles (LOVE monster themes):

Hand out a recording sheet to each student in every group (these need to be individual):
Then, hand out the puzzle sheets to each group one by one. A standard is listed at the bottom of each puzzle to indicate which concept they are practising! Remember to give them as much time in their groups to complete each puzzle. I found that this activity was especially great for students who were struggling a little with their numbers. The puzzles only use numbers 1-25. Here is a sample of the puzzle sheets below:

In the end, they will collect their puzzle recording sheets (typically they would be done over a week/2 weeks period). You can collect the puzzles for each student and find out what they're struggling with and maybe repeat that particular concept with the whole class. THis was a FUN and engaging activity which helped my class review and understand concepts in math. 

I am giving away a freebie puzzle from the first Mystery Message. Letter B. Click below to grab your freebie! 

If you'd like to buy the full unit, the link is right here.

I have recently also completed a fun end of year word hunt ALSO monster themed. - NO, I will not get sick of that theme! Ha!.. You can click on the image below to take a peak!

Hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know how well they go in your classroom! Thank you all for reading.

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  1. Thank you for sharing. I teach first grade and these will be great at the beginning of the year.

  2. Thank you for your comment! Yes, a great review at the beginning of First Grade. :)

  3. I popped over after reading your kind comments on my guest blog over at Teaching Through Turbulence. Thank you! I'm so happy I found your blog and I'm your newest follower!
    Whimsy Workshop 

  4. Love your site. Your blog is tooo cute. We are your newest followers. Hop on over when you get a chance and visit us.

    Kristy and Misty

  5. Just found your blog today through a giveaway, and am so glad I did! I am a new follower, and will be passing your blog address on to some fellow teachers...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

    1. Thank you for your kind words Sarah! I hope it'll benefit your colleagues. :)

      PS Love your store name! Hopping over to your blog now.