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We had so much fun with this mystery on Halloween! Gave us a chance to get into the holiday but still work on skills in ELA! Thank you for this resource!
My students LOVE these mysteries! They ask to complete a mystery ever holiday! They are super engaging and I notice students get better at them with each activity showing their skills improving.
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This Halloween close reading inference mystery is a fun way to engage your students and challenge them to look for text evidence, infer information, and read more closely. The resource includes everything you need to facilitate the activity in your classroom.

It is the morning after Halloween. Alex, who had a great night trick or treating, wakes up and heads straight for his pillowcase to stuff his pockets with candy before school. However, much to his surprise, his pillowcase is empty. Someone stole his Halloween candy. Your students need to help him find out who did it.

This works well around Halloween; however, it can also be used at any point in the year.

Included in your purchase:

  • A teacher presentation that guides the mystery with the backstory, evidence, the culprit reveal, and detailed explanations for why each suspect is innocent and why the culprit is guilty.
  • A classroom poster that reads “Who stole the Halloween candy?” that you can put up on the door to hook students into the activity.
  • An original narrative backstory that sets up and initiates the mystery.
  • A variety of clues that require students to close read and use their inference skills. There is a text message, a post office slip, a note on the door, social media posts, an email, a veterinarian medical report, a dog walking schedule, an animal rescue information sheet, a letter, and a text message.
  • A graphic organizer where students can keep track of their findings that support or refute different suspects in the mystery.
  • A detailed teacher answer key in print format and within the presentation slideshow.

How it works:

  • Start by putting up the poster on your door to build anticipation when students enter the room. When students enter, put them in small groups, so they can work together to try to solve the mystery.
  • Use the presentation slides to guide you through each element of the lesson. The slides will help you introduce the story and evidence to each of the groups.
  • Hand out all the evidence to students and allow them time to make their predictions and inferences and solve the mystery.
  • Once each group has made their final prediction, use the presentation slides to reveal the culprit and go through each of the suspects to show the evidence of their innocence or guilt.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


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