This fun, no-prep Back to School brain teaser resource for grades 5-8 students will help them sharpen essential skills that might have got rusty during the summer. The stories, riddles and puzzles in this resource will furnish Middle School students with smiles at the end of a tiring Back to School day, while still exercising their brain cells. The first week of the year is exhausting for teachers too- this fun packet will provide some relief!
The easiest way to use many of the activities, like the mysteries, writing races and memory games, is to show them on your screen. The answers to the brain teaser stories are on separate pages to avoid spoilers that would reduce the excitement. Most of the writing activities can be completed on scraps of paper from the recycling bin, or on devices if you choose.
The mix and match riddles, scrambled words, crack the code words and the maze need to be photocopied. To promote classroom spirit and to save on photocopying, these activities could be completed in pairs. Putting all of the answer keys up on your screen will also cut down on photocopying.
The Internet is not required for any of the games.
I hope that your students have lots of fun!
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