Thanksgiving Digital Math Mystery Game - Distance Learning Math CSI

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Thanksgiving CSI Digital Math Mystery GAME. Your students can play the Case of The Thanksgiving Thief in a digital game format. This resource is designed to be played on any device with an Internet connection (please read the technical tips section and try the free clue below to see if it works for you).

Mystery meets an escape room with this style of game. Your students will need to discover passwords at the end of each clue in order to access the next clue. Your Teacher copy will contain all links and passwords.


Implementation Suggestion: Turn it into a competition to see who can solve the mystery first in your classroom OR set a timer with a limit that everyone must aim to beat to solve the case (or single clue if you prefer to break it up into smaller chunks).


TRY CLUE 1 from LEVEL 1 FREE to see if it works on your device.

>>CLICK HERE<< to access CLUE 1 from the LEVEL 1 version

The Password is turkey362

Didn't work? Ensure that cookies are enabled and you have a steady Internet connection. Clearing your browsing history/cache helps too.



There are THREE LEVELS of the game to choose to play! The Mystery outcome is different at the end of each level, and the clues are mostly different too. So you can choose to play all levels and the culprit will be different in each.


  • Clue 1: Triple-digit addition with no regrouping
  • Clue 2: Matching fractions to fraction models
  • Clue 3: Triple-Digit subtraction with no regrouping
  • Clue 4: Identify 2D shapes
  • Clue 5: Place Value Models (Hundreds, Tens, Ones)
  • Bonus ending round - Mental Math (Double-digit addition and subtraction)


  • Clue 1: Addition with regrouping (four-digit numbers)
  • Clue 2: Reducing Fractions to lowest Terms (simplifying fractions)
  • Clue 3: Subtraction with regrouping (four-digit numbers)
  • Clue 4: Identify 3D shapes
  • Clue 5: Write the value of the underlined digit - up to hundred thousands place value
  • Bonus ending round - Mental Math Mix of Times Tables (Facts 1-12)


  • Clue 1: Adding & Subtracting Decimals
  • Clue 2: Finding the Equivalent Fraction
  • Clue 3: Order of Operations (Some given with brackets, some without)
  • Clue 4: Divide double/triple-digit numbers by single-digit numbers with remainders
  • Clue 5: Read decimals written in word form and match with their numerical form.
  • Bonus ending round - Mental Math Mix of multiplying decimals by ten


What's the same from the paper math mystery?

  • The video hook intro
  • Correct answering of math questions to unlock clues
  • Eliminating suspects in clues 1-4
  • Mystery solution is different

What's different from the paper math mystery?

  • No printing or photocopying required
  • The math questions are different
  • Lots of graphics
  • The answers are presented in multiple choices for students to search and find answers.
  • Clicking/tapping on the correct answer unlocks the letter and places it into the boxes for you instead of manual input.
  • Cannot clue jump, completion of each clue unlocks access to the next clue.
  • After clue 5, your student will be required to select the culprit!
  • A Bonus math round will begin after selecting the culprit.
  • A short video clip at the end of the game.
  • The mystery solution will not be the same as the paper copy (paper copy coming soon)
  • Cannot clue swap. Clues are different and the culprit is different at the end of each level.

What you will need:

  • A stable Internet connection
  • The ‘digital keys’ provided in this download. There is a 'Teacher Copy' provided with all passwords in the PDF file. The 'Student Copy' is provided in a separate PDF document for easy sharing. The key links are provided in this student document, however, students must complete the previous clue to discover the password to unlock the next clue.
  • Computer access – this can be used on any device with an internet connection and browser e.g. PCs, Macs, IWB, and tablet devices.
  • Optional: print the tracking and recording page provided in this download. However, this is easily substituted with a workbook or plain piece of paper if you prefer to skip printing or photocopying this page.
  • To share the game is by sharing either the links or the pdf files provided in the download. You may need to do this by uploading to a classroom shared drive or by email. However, I've now also upgraded this resource to include QR codes as another way to share the links.
  • New: QR Codes added for each clue as an optional way to share the links.
  • Google Slides option provided for easy sharing of the game links.

Implementation suggestions

There are many ways to use this resource, some include:

  • Complete as a whole class on your Interactive Whiteboard. Students take it in turns to answer the questions.
  • Assign to your students to complete independently or in pairs on a device. This could be something they do as an early finisher task, during your math block, or for homework.

Sharing with Students

I'm still fine-tuning this and keen to take on any constructive feedback when possible. At this stage there are a few ways you may choose to share the game with your students:

  • Upload the Student Copy PDF file to a classroom shared drive, cloud or Dropbox where all students can access the PDF file.
  • Email the PDF file to your students to obtain a copy
  • Use the QR codes provided for students to scan. These can be printed or shown on the IWB for students to scan from.
  • Do as a class on the IWB with your access to the links only.
  • If all of the above fails, you can send an email to me and we can try to resolve the issue.

Clue Access

After completing a clue, your students will need to write down the password and close the browser window OR click the back button to return to the 'student pdf' file to access the link for the next clue.  If you take a look at the student pdf file, there are buttons saying 'click here for clue 1' 'click here for clue 2' 'click here for clue 3' and so on.  If using the QR codes, there are QR codes for each clue.

Math Level Access

After downloading the product, open the ZIP folder. Inside there are three folders, each labeled with a 'level.' Open the folder of the level you wish your students to work on and use the files with links provided in that folder.


  • To PAUSE the game it will need to be kept open in the browser. Closing the game will require starting again from the top the clue it was closed on.
  • I have tested this game many times, but a glitch or two may have been missed. Please let me know if you come across any problems and I will fix. Also please contact me with any other technical difficulties. My email is [email protected]
  • To prevent technical issues, I recommend clearing your browsing history and ensuring that cookies are enabled.


TRY CLUE 1 from LEVEL 1 FREE to see if it works on your device.

>>CLICK HERE<< to access CLUE 1 from the LEVEL 1 version

The Password is turkey362


Encountered technical errors? Try the following first:

- Clear your cache and browsing history

- Ensure Cookies are enabled

- Is your Internet connection steady?

- Try a different Internet browser such as Google Chrome

- For Chromebook users, please check your settings/filters to give permission to allow the links. See below for more advice.

Common Chromebook troubleshooting tip: You can allow or block permissions for a specific site. The site will use its settings instead of the default settings. You can also clear data for a site.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome .
  2. Go to a website.
  3. To the left of the web address, click the icon you see: Lock , Info , or Dangerous
  4. Click Site settings.
  5. Change a permission setting. Your changes will automatically save.

If none of the above work, please contact me on [email protected]

As with all technology, issues may sometimes arise that are beyond my control. However, I will do my best to work with you and aim to resolve any problems should you experience any.


LICENSING TERMS: This purchase includes a license for one teacher only for personal use in their classroom. Licenses are non-transferable, meaning they can not be passed from one teacher to another. No part of this resource is to be shared with colleagues or used by an entire grade level, school, or district without purchasing the proper number of licenses. Please contact me for a quote at [email protected] if interested in purchasing multiple licenses.

COPYRIGHT TERMS: This resource may not be uploaded to the internet in any form, including classroom/personal websites or network drives, unless the site is password protected and can only be accessed by students.

Print & Solve PAPER Editions are currently not available for this Math Mystery Story. However, I hope to make some in the future.

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