Critical Thinking Mystery Activity: Elevator Routine Mystery Activity

Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
Critical Thinking Mystery Activity:  Elevator Routine Mystery Activity
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In this fun mystery activity, students have to solve a classic riddle: Why does a woman ride the elevator up to the 15th floor and then walk up to the 20th floor to get to her apartment? Practice critical thinking skills and follow the clues to find the answer.

You can also get this activity in PowerPoint form

What is a Clue by Clue Mystery?

It's a great warm-up, filler, or time killer for early finishers. Students are given a mystery to solve--whodunit or how did they do it or why. They have to figure it out by reading a series of clues, one at a time. As they receive each clue, they speculate on its significance and what it tells them about the situation.

Once they have received all the clues, they should have enough information to figure it out!

Clue by Clues make great warm-up activities, fillers, or time killers for those last minutes of class and early finishers. They can be critical thinking and close reading activities that teach students to look for details, synthesize information from different sources, apply prior knowledge about the world, and to recognize the logic of a claim and evaluate its validity.


While students are solving the mysteries they are also developing their spoken language skills, using language such as:

* Modal verbs of speculation: She must have forgotten her keys, It could have been the butler
* Opinion language: I think...., I’m positive..., I’m not sure...
* Hedging: It’s possible, probably, maybe, it’s not impossible.
* Conclusions: That means that...
* Emphasis: There’s no way that...
* Hypotheticals: What if he didn’t do it, If he was at the movies, he couldn’t have done it.

They are also a lot of fun!

Teacher Notes on how to use them are included with hints and the solution along with a students sheet that contains the clues for you to copy and cut up to give to students.



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Clue by Clue Mysteries in PowerPoint


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Murder of a Millionaire PowerPoint The longest Clue by Clue.An elaborate Agatha Christie-style mystery with many suspects and many secrets.Whodunit?


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PrintablePDF Clue by Clues


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TheCandy Thief A Halloween-themed mystery for younger learners.


Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board A Logic Puzzle to figure out who turned a Halloween party into a murder.


The Weird Break In Who broke into a store without stealing anything? And why?


ThePerfect Crime A woman kills her husband without getting caught. How?


An Unrelated Murder Police can find no connection between the killer and the victim.


Imprisoned! A woman ends up in prison without being arrested. Based on a true story. What happened?


Murder of a Millionaire A woman ends up in prison without being arrested. Based on a true story. What happened?


The Elevator Routine Riddle A classic riddle about a woman who always gets off the elevator two stories below her apartment. Why?


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Other Mystery Activities

MysteryStory Reading Graphic Organizer Help students solve mysteries by organizing the information.


The Whodunit Lesson Plan: A full integrated skills lesson plan


MysteryStory Cards A planning tool to help students write their own mysteries


VideoTutorial: Using Mysteries in Class See Clue by Clues and other mystery activities in action.

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