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Mystery Passages for Reading | 5 Inference Activities and 5 Short Stories

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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37 pages
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Five inference worksheets and five short mystery stories help kids in grades 3, 4, and 5 build close reading and critical thinking skills. They can be used for your genre study or as stand-alone comprehension exercises.

To support classroom, hybrid, or distance learning, this resource is available as a printable PDF, shareable Google Slides, or interactive Easel Activities. Open the preview to take a look.

What's Included:

Inferences - Students pull subtle clues from the text. For example, if a character’s eyes are red and puffy, kids can infer that he has been crying (or has allergies). Each set of activities focuses on a specific theme:

  1. Professions
  2. Age Groups
  3. Relationships
  4. Vacation Spots
  5. Information About People

These brief statements encourage readers to become more observant, pull small details from the text, and draw conclusions. They’re great for scaffolding to full-length stories.

Passages - Five simple original narratives are included. Reading them helps students learn to locate subtle clues (including false clues, or red herrings). They can also act as exemplars for student writing.

  1. The Case of the Missing Cookies
  2. Mystery of the Missing Bike
  3. The Case of the Missing Lunch Bag
  4. The Mysterious Whispering
  5. The Case of the Disappearing Pansies

Each story is followed by a corresponding organizer. Kids pinpoint the mystery, write clues, and tell the solution.

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Total Pages
37 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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