As a teacher I look for ways to empower students. I don't love big formative assessments, but I do need to know where students are and where they need more support. One way to assess is to have students write their own assessment, and not just any assessment - a math detective.

Lots of my students love the math detective projects. Students take on the role of detective and travel around a city, a national park or even the world in search of a thief and the missing ____. They are extremely engaging for practice, review or assessment, but they are a lot of work to write.

Instead of just giving my students another assessment, I asked them to write their own detective projects. Students created a much simpler version, but they got the important parts.

Here's what they did:

- I gave students blank clue slips. I asked each student to write 5-6 clues to their mystery.
- Students wrote problems and clues for topics they had been working on. For example, one student wrote a mystery that required solving absolute value inequalities.
- The students had to write and solve all the problems. Some students created maps for the other students to use.
- To close the assessment, students tried out each other's assessments.

The activity accomplished the two goals: assess students' understanding of math concepts and engage students in active learning. The activity was a huge hit, and one I will definitely be doing again. For other ideas for your classroom, check out the resources below and don't miss next week - the Math Monday Blog Hop featuring ideas for upcoming Pi Day

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Love this idea. I develop math projects with my kids in every unit. Thanks for sharing!

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