Make Inferences interesting by planning a Mystery Scavenger Hunt! Use my premade Scavenger Hunt called "The Mystery of the Missing Books" or create your own with the EDITABLE template!
This lesson is perfect for introducing inferencing to your students because they have to read clues and gather evidence to find a hidden item somewhere in the school. I hide books that I want students to read for our Mystery Book Club Unit
You can choose to hide any object or objects you would like. Some ideas include homework passes, candy, math game, recess pass, etc. The point is to get your kiddos pumped up and wanting to solve the mystery.
I have provided you with the Mystery of the Missing Books Scavenger Hunt that I use which includes the Scavenger Hunt Clue Cards, Student Recording Sheet, and Answer Key. I have also included a blank, editable copy of the Recording Sheet and Scavenger Hunt cards so that you can customize your Mystery.
Before the Lesson: Talk to your school librarian and ask permission to hide your
box of books in the library. Or if you are using the editable version, pick a place to hide your objects but be sure to talk to the person who is in charge of that room. LOL! Next, place the Scavenger Hunt cards around the school. Each card is labeled where it should be hidden. Make it dramatic and put the clues in a manila envelope or just tape the clue to the door of each location.
Lesson: Make up a story to tell students such as you just picked out some awesome
books for them, or made bunch of homework passes, or whatever you have decided,
and those items have gone missing. You need their help to find the books (or your
chosen items) and all you have is this one clue card that was left in the room (Card #1)
Discuss behavior expectations when walking through the hallways gathering clues.
Each student needs a Recording Sheet(Mystery of the Missing Books wks), a hard
surface to write on, and a pencil. Explain that you will read the clues as they are
found, but NO ONE is allowed to shout out the answer. They must write their
answer on their Scavenger Hunt Chart and record the clues that helped them.
Once students have written down their guess at a location, talk about it as a class
to decide where to go next. I always model the first clue with them and record
the evidence with them so they know what I am expecting.