This Reading Mystery Bundle contains all of my 'Once Upon a Crime' story activity packets to date. It will be a growing bundle since there are two more mysteries currently in the making to be added.
Any future reading mysteries of the 'Once Upon a Crime' series will also be added to this bundle.
These are all print and go activities.
There are optional video hooks provided to set the stage to engage. Please note that video hooks for 'Burrow Slime' and 'Poisoned Valentine' are still in the making, but will be added once completed.
Click on the individual packet links to learn more about each.
What does a reading mystery involve?
Reading mysteries are a fun way to incorporate a range of ELA skills in one.
Students will be required to read the story passages and complete activities to discover clues. - Students must highlight the evidence in the reading text to prove their answers. Each clue requires students to critically think to decide which suspects they can eliminate as being the culprit. There are five clues to crack in every case!
Implementation suggestion: Depending on your students' reading abilities, the ease of these activities 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 reading text to show you where they found the answers.
The same 'self-checking feature' included in this design as in my math mystery range.