Nouns, Verbs, & Adjectives Reading Mystery Worksheets Activity - Parts of Speech

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  1. This Reading Mystery Bundle contains all of my 'Once Upon a Crime' story activity packets to date. It will be a growing bundle since any future reading mysteries of the 'Once Upon a Crime' series will also be added to this bundle. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Googl
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  2. This duo bundle includes the Worksheets Format Version and the Interactive Digital Game Version of the Knight's Tail Reading Mystery Activity! This reading escape room game will have your students reading and identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives ( a few adverbs in the digital game version). Owni
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Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives worksheet activity wrapped up in a fun Reading Mystery: 'Once Upon A Crime, A Knight's Tail'

Your students will have fun solving this mystery while learning skills in reading, identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning!

A video hook is provided to set the stage to engage! Check out the video hook in the preview section.

A bonus ENDING VIDEO clip is included to celebrate finishing the mystery.

Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the Google Slides option provided within your download.

NEW: Fun Visual Suspect Character Cards Included.

Distance Learning Option: I've added a Document within the folder that contains a Google Slides link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete them without having to print the pages. Please note, that you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit.

If you prefer a digital Interactive game option of the story with graphics,

<please click here>.

- The main goal of this mystery is to encourage reading and finding nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

- The work involved to solve the clues covers skills such as reading, and identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

- Students must highlight the evidence in the reading to prove their answers.

- The discovery format requires a fill in missing letter process to unlock clues in the original pdf file. The B-Edition structure found in the alternate folder allows you to set the mystery up like an escape room and requires full answers instead of missing letters.

- Each clue requires students to critically think and use deductive reasoning to narrow down their list of suspects. The last suspect remaining is the culprit responsible for the Knight's Tail!

All of the reading passages are included in this original story that features your 'student detective' as the star throughout.


This is a print and solve worksheets style (or digital worksheets in Google Slides) activity. Everything that you need for this activity is in the download, including the reading passages. Just print (or open the Google Slides option), copy for your students, and set up the (optional) video hook for viewing at the start! The video hook is designed to make students think 'what's going on?' This was done on purpose to encourage them to read.

Implementation suggestion:

Depending on your students' reading abilities, the ease of this activity may vary. To keep everyone at the same pace, you could read the passages together as a class and then follow up with the activities to fill in the missing letters that will help unlock a clue. For independent work, set a timer for reading only, and then allow them time to answer the questions and re-read the text if they need. If your students find this too easy, I'd recommend the 'Private Eye CSI - Literacy Mysteries' range instead, which requires inferring and more skill to solve the mystery.

If your students are trying to attempt the activity section without reading the passages, instruct them to highlight the evidence in the text to show you where they found the answers.

Read more about implementing this activity in your classroom HERE.

How long will this activity take?

This varies depending on the age and reading level of your students. If you would like to keep your class at the same point, I recommend pacing the clues one by one.

What are Once Upon a Crime Reading Mysteries?

Learn more about what to expect in this blog post.

There are FIVE clues to crack!


- Reading

- Nouns, Verbs, & Adjectives

- Spelling

- Critical Thinking

- Deductive Reasoning

- Writing (optional on the mystery declaration sheet)

OPTIONAL: After finishing the five clue sheets, an optional mystery declaration sheet can be used to state the guilty character. On this declaration page, students report WHO they think is the culprit, plus outline the clues discovered along with their elimination reasoning for each. There's also an ending video to wrap up the story!

A fun printable certificate in an article format is included too! (Shhh.... keep these a secret as they reveal the mystery answer in the newspaper article your little star detective is also featured in.)

You will also receive instructions, answer sheets, and an elimination guide.

Your feedback on this resource would be appreciated.

Differentiation Options included with this Resource

  • A 'B-Edition' Alternative Structure is included for differentiation purposes. This alternative copy of A Knight's Tail removes the missing letter filling structure and requires full answers. If you choose to use the B-Edition copy, you will need to prep the clue cards into envelopes or boxes (or keep hidden) and students will need to check-in with you to gain access to each clue.
  • Word Banks are included within a single file found in the alternate options. These are useful if you need to make this activity easier for some of your students.
  • Check out the 'Read me' file included in the folder download first.
  • I've added magnified pages of the original mystery if you need to make the missing letter worksheets larger for your kids.

<IMPORTANT> Please note: The Knight is unkind in this story. As the story progresses, part of the mystery is discovering that the tail was placed to teach him a lesson not to be so mean and insulting to others. A little bit like Pinocchio with lying, except this is with a tail and being offensive.

Thank you and enjoy!


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Other Once Upon a Crime Reading Mysteries


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