Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief

Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
Halloween Mystery Critical Thinking Activity: The Candy Thief
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One of my best-selling Clue by Clue Activities, with a Halloween twist.
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In this fun mystery activity, students investigate who stole a bag of candy from a trick or treater. There are three witness, but one of them is lying. Can your students ready their statements and figure out who the liar is?

This is the PowerPoint version. There is also a Printable PDF Version

What is a Clue by Clue Mystery?

It's a great warm-up, critical thinking game, conversation starter, filler, or a 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!

Why Use Clue by Clues?

Clue by Clues encourage critical thinking and discussion. They are also 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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Here's some other stuff you might like:

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES
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It's the Great Pumpking, Charlie Brown Lesson Plan

The Movie of Death: Analyze and then write a scary Halloween story

Halloween True or False Test what students know about Halloween

This is Halloween Lyrics Gap-Fill

The Candy Thief Halloween Mystery Printable PDF Version

The Candy Thief Halloween Mystery PowerPoint Version

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board A logic puzzle where students figure out which costume everyone wore and wear they sat, so they can find the killer.
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Clue by Clue Mysteries in PowerPoint


SAVE$$: Clue by Clue Power Point Bundle


The Candy Thief Halloween-Themed mystery for younger learners.


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


The Perfect Crime PowerPoint A woman kills her husband without getting caught. How?


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


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


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


ElevatorRoutine PowerPoint A classic riddle about a woman who always gets off the elevator two stories below her apartment. Why?


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PrintablePDF Clue by Clues


SAVE$$: Clue by Clue Printable PDF Bundle


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


Mystery Story Cards A planning tool to help students write their own mysteries


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

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