BRAIN TEASERS MYSTERY STORIES GRADES 5-8 Making inferences, printable + digital

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Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inference making skills. They are carrots for the end of the day, warm ups or even bell ringers. Alternatively, you could assign them as high interest home study tasks for students who typically grumble about homework.
When reading the tales as a whole class, the most obvious methods of using these 15 mysteries are to read each one out loud or to show them on your screen. The students then guess the solutions. They can also be read in small literacy groups. If you want the students 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. If you want this product formatted into separate story and answers packages for easy independent learning use, this resource (plus a couple of additional enrichment activities), can be found at Brain Teaser Mysteries for Independent Learning.

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.

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If your students liked Matt and Sophie, they have a long mystery of their own, with tasks for the students to perform: Brain teaser mystery fun inferential skills practice
They also have their own Readers' Theater scripts: Readers' Theater - Mystery of the Stolen Laptop and READERS' THEATER- MYSTERY OF THE DRAMA CAMP THIEF
If you want a mystery resource that demands more writing from your students, try
Reading Comprehension Mysteries & Questions and ANIMAL MYSTERY STORIES AND QUESTIONS

There are 5 more mysteries in ELA Games Grades 5-8
Or go for the -20% off bundle: Brain Teaser Bundle grades 5-8

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Total Pages
38 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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