Engage your students in a murder mystery game in the classroom!
I use this lesson before starting my mystery unit and the students love it. They enjoy taking on the roles of the characters, and they enjoy the competition and challenge of trying to find the assailant.
*I say assailant because I changed my version up slightly so the victim is in a coma rather than deceased*
This product includes:
-An introduction sheet with the background of the incident: a student was pushed down the stairs. She was able to list off names of who it could have been before being rushed off to the hospital. All of the suspects (your students) are rounded up in the library and awaiting the police for interrogation. The suspects start their own investigations while they are waiting.
-15 character cards that detail how the person knows the victim, where they were during the incident, and any other pertinent information (including lots of red herrings). This activity works well with class sizes of 12-30. Any class over 15 can double up two students to one character. There are also three characters who can be removed from the set and the story will still make sense.
-A copy of the school map so students can keep track of who was where when the incident occurred.
-A notes sheet to detail the different characters, motives, and alibis.
-An assessment sheet. Students must detail a few characters who are innocent, a red herring, and of course who the assailant is. For each they need to explain what clues support their answer.
An engaging way to focus on inferences, characterization, and motive!