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Brain Teaser Mini-Mysteries
These mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers and brain breaks for Middle School students, but also practice listening, comprehension and inference making skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, or even bell ringers. Alternatively, early finishing or talented students could read the mysteries on their own. The most obvious methods of using these 15 tales are to read each one out loud or to show them on your screen. The students then guess the solutions. If you want them to work a bit harder, they could record and explain their guesses on the included worksheet, and write their own story, using the guidelines. The solutions are on a different page from the story and its question, so that students cannot see them accidentally; that would really spoil the fun! A few stories are ‘one offs,’ but some characters like riddlers Matt and Sophie, and Mr and Mrs Orange and their twins Pip and Peel, appear in more than one tale.
Included in the resource:
15 vividly illustrated mini mysteries.
An optional tips page, explaining the most common mystery/ riddle clue types.
An optional working page, so students can write down their guesses, and keep a tally of how many mysteries they got right.
A mini-mystery writing advice sheet, to guide students in writing one of their own.
A simple teacher rubric to mark the students’ own mini-mysteries.
The Mystery of the Campsite Thief
This fun brain teaser mystery will entertain your students and give them inference tasks to deduce the identity of the thief. To track down the thief they will have to unscramble the answers to jokes and riddles told by riddler Sophie to her friend Matt. They will also work out clues using a numbers-to-alphabet code. A further slice of challenging fun is rooting out the writer’s ‘mistake’- an event in the story that really could not have happened. Students will enjoy the humorous, rapid-fire interaction between Matt and Sophie. He fears he isn’t as speedy at working things out as his clever friend is, but he manages to wow her in this story- and discover who stole her phone!
To complete the activity, students have to complete two short fun writing tasks and a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style drawing to find the missing phone. This resource will delight both entire classes and early finishing individuals.
A question sheet is included, and an answer key. Each student will need their own question sheet. For read-aloud fun (and paper saving), you could put the story and answers up on your screen. Alternatively, you can photocopy the story, questions and answers, and give them to pairs or individuals.
The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop (Readers' Theater)
This Middle School Readers’ Theater brainteaser mystery script will give students practice in reading, comprehension and writing, while having lots of fun. The Mystery of the Stolen Laptop readers’ theater script will entertain your students and require them to perform inference tasks to solve clues. The script is intended for 8 readers but the number of readers can be contracted or expanded depending on how many groups you wish to have. This funny and engaging story is about the theft of a laptop at school and the detective work two characters use to track it down. The main characters range in age from 10-14.
To track down the missing laptop students will unscramble anagrams. They will also work out clues using a numbers-to-alphabet code. After finishing, students have to discuss and write on six questions, complete a journal entry, and design a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ style drawing for a fellow student. This resource will delight both entire classes and small groups of early finishers. Question sheets and answers are included.
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