An interesting mystery students can solve in pairs, teams or individually. The mystery teaches students the importance of using textual evidence to make inferences.
Ask the students to help you solve a mystery.
Present the case and then have them Turn and Talk to figure out who did it and why.
They will choose one of the 3 students, but will not be able to support their statement with evidence.
Ask the students what would help them support their response.
The answer is CLUES.
Print out the clues or show them on the board. Hand them out to each student or each team.
Listen as students work together to try and solve the mystery. Be sure to remind them they must have evidence to support their choice.
Once each team/student has solved the mystery - ask them to share who and why.
Then, show them who did it!