These 15 standards-based activities with mystery-picture drawings really motivate students to practice key math skills. After students complete each skill sheet, they use their answers to follow step-by-step directions that guide them to draw a hidden picture. Since only correct answers will create the right picture, these activities are self-checking and make great independent work or homework. Topics include multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, solving multiple-step equations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and more.
Ideas for Differentiation
For students who excel at math and need an extra challenge:
• High-level students who strive for perfection may ask many questions while completing the drawing. Limit these questions to three or give limited help to these students, as the drawing will reveal itself in the end.
• Have students work in pairs or independently to create their own hidden-picture activity with a set of five skills items connected with five directions. Remind them to keep the drawing directions simple.