This fun play can be used as a reader’s theater activity, a close reading lesson, an assessment, or as independent practice with making inferences. You could even have your students act out the play, and then have them discuss in small groups their answers to the questions at the end.
I have used this with 5th graders, but it could definitely be used with 5th-7th grades. My students love taking turns reading the different parts aloud. It’s a short and interesting story, and it really teaches students to pay attention to the details or “clues” that lead to the inferences needed to solve the mystery.
I hope your students enjoy this resource!