Subtraction Fact Math Mystery | Math Challenge | Math Enrichment 1st & 2nd Grade


Get your students engaged in solving collaborative math enrichment challenges while practicing subtraction facts! Perfect for 1st and 2nd grade!


Want to try an escape room without all the stress? Use this subtraction facts math mystery, perfect for math enrichment! In this math challenge, students will practice subtraction fact fluency within 10 and 20 while engaged in solving a mystery!

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In this digital (Google Slides & Seesaw) math challenge, students will practice subtraction math fact fluency with facts within 10 and 20. This is perfect for 1st grade & 2nd grade students!

The Case of the Stolen Tennis Balls

In this mystery, students will learn that the big basket of tennis balls for the Taylor tennis team has been stolen. No one knows who took them! Students will complete four subtraction fact challenges and earn clues to solve the mystery!

How Can I Use This Resource?

Whether you’re teaching in the classroom or teaching virtually, I’ve got you covered! For teachers in the classroom, everything can be easily printed and assigned to students. I’ve included black & white ink-friendly options, too. For teachers teaching virtually, this resource has also been converted to Google Slides and Seesaw, so you can assign everything remotely!

How Long Does It Take To Complete This Math Mystery?

I suggest using this resource over the course of one week. This will give your students Monday through Thursday to complete all challenges (one to two per day), and then on Friday students can sift through the clues to solve the mystery. If you have time or want to plan an extra engaging day, you could also make an entire morning and/or afternoon of the whole thing and do it all at once! *Please note that doing the entire mystery in one day will take more than you probably have allotted during your math time!

Here’s a Look Inside:

  • Teacher Directions: How to implement, set-up, and use both in the classroom or digitally
  • Sign – Missing Tennis Balls! : Students will read a file that explains that the tennis balls were stolen and they need help finding them
  • Challenge Checklist: Students will use this page to track their progress on all 4 subtraction fact math challenges
  • The Suspects: Students will receive a list of six possible athletes who might’ve stolen the tennis balls and information about each one. As students earn clues, they will use them solve the mystery.
  • The Clues: After completing challenges, students will earn four clues to help them solve the mystery.
  • 4 Subtraction Fact Math Challenges: There are 3 levels for each challenge so you can differentiate as needed. Take a look below at the differentiated levels:
    • Level One Skills: Subtraction facts within 5 and 10
    • Level Two: Subtraction facts within 10 and 15
    • Level Three: Subtraction facts within 20
  • Letter to the Team: Students will use this page once they think they’ve solved the mystery
  • Guilty! Are your students ready to see if they were right? Display this page to find out!
  • Challenge Answer Keys

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