This Groundhog Day Reading Mystery 'Once Upon a Crime - Burrow Slime' is a fun way to incorporate a range of ELA skills in one.
Students will be required to read the story and complete activities to discover clues. Each clue requires students to critically think to decide which suspects they can eliminate from their suspect list. The last suspect remaining is the one who slimed the groundhog's burrow. Please note that the groundhog is ok and still fast asleep while your detectives solve this crime.
Everything that you need for this activity is in the download, including the reading passages. Just print, copy for your students and go!
The same 'self-checking feature' included in this design as in my math mystery range.
There are FIVE clues to crack!
- Character Traits
- Critical Thinking
- Writing (optional on the mystery declaration sheet)
OPTIONAL: After finishing the five clue sheets, an optional mystery declaration sheet can be used to state the culprit. On this declaration page, students report WHO they think slimed the groundhog's burrow, plus outline the clues discovered along with their elimination reasoning for each.
Fun printable awards in an article format included too! (Shhh.... keep these a secret as they reveal the mystery answer in the newspaper article your little star detective features in.)
You will also receive instructions, answer sheets and an elimination guide.
Your feedback on this resource would be appreciated.
Thank you and enjoy!
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