Put some fun in your classroom with this no prep Valentine's Day activity that will allow your students to work on their ending punctuation skills. This writing activity is perfect for practicing ELA skills during February.
→What skills does this mystery focus on?
This product focuses on correctly punctuated sentences. This targets ending punctuation of periods, question marks and exclamation points. Each question is presented as sentence, with students selecting from a period, question mark and exclamation point
as their answer.
→What mystery are students working to solve?
This is a special holiday themed mystery.
In this product, students are given the names of 5 students in a class. Each student has received a number of valentines and has selected the name of another student as their secret valentine. Students will have to determine how many valentines (5, 10, 15, 20, 25) each student (Shawn, Elsie, Carmella, Rhonda, Dennis) received, and who their secret valentine was (Shawn, Elsie, Carmella, Rhonda, Dennis).
→What is a Mystery Product?
Mystery products are part of my newest
product line. Mysteries are a great way for students to practice a skill
with a fun twist. Students will complete 20 multiple choice questions
. After each question, they willreceive a clue
based on their answer. After they have correctly answered each of the twenty questions, students will have solved the mystery.
→What makes this product so great?
These are no prep!
(Unless you want to cut the 10 pages of questions in half.)
Students can look at the questions in any order
. They can rotate through as quickly (or as slowly) as they need to. This makes management a breeze!
on the bottom allows students to color in a square as they solve, meaning they won't be confused on which sentences they haven't figured out yet.
A full answer key
, means you will be able to quickly determine if/where an error was made!
Sometimes students make a mistake, and that's ok too. These are also self checking
. Students will receive clues immediately; so if they receive a clue that contradicts a previous clue the student will know know he has made a mistake.
→Do students have to work with a partner?
Nope! That's up to you! These can be used for independent practice, partner work, or group work.
Perhaps you'll give a couple of clues a day which will spread the activity out for the entire week! Use this as a morning work activity, or a fast finisher choice!
Setup Directions for Teachers
An introduction story to begin the mystery
10 Pages of Sentences (20 sentences in all)
2 Recording sheets for students (one for the punctuation marks and one for the clue tracking)
A full answer key that mimics the 10 sentence pages and 2 recording sheets.
→I love this product! Do you have any more?
Yes! This is my newest product line, and I'm continuing to add more topics. If you have an idea, feel free to send me an email at email@example.com or by using the "Ask a Feature" section on TPT. To see my other products like this one, CLICK HERE
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