Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8 inferential and listening skills fun

Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
Brain teaser mini-mysteries grades 5-8  inferential and listening skills fun
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Mini-mysteries are not only fun brain teasers, but also practice listening and inferential 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.
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

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

I hope that your classes experience as much hilarity from these riddles as mine have done!

For more fun, please check out

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Want to get students to debate class novels or plays? Try this resource:

Debate ANY novel or play!

For writing and sketching fun, take a peek at

Setting Activities for ANY Book

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