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# Secret Santa Logic Puzzle: A Clue by Clue Critical Thinking Game

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A holiday-themed logic puzzle. Five friends have a Secret Santa party. But who gave what to whom? Perfect to practice critical thinking and logic skills such as evaluating evidence, deducing, and mathematical reasoning. Can your students follow the clues to figure out which gift everyone got? And who their Secret Santa was?

This logic puzzle Clue by Clue always gets students thinking. And talking!

What is a Clue by Clue?
Clue by Clues make great warm-up activities, fillers, or time killers for those last minutes of class and early finishers. They can be critical reading activities that teach students to read closely for details, synthesize information from different sources, apply prior knowledge about the world, and to recognize the logic of a claim and evaluate its validity.
They are also a lot of fun!
While students are solving the puzzles, they are also developing their spoken language skills, such as:
• Modal verbs of speculation: David couldn’t have worn the red shirt, It must be Alicia...
• Opinion language: I think...., I’m positive..., I’m not sure...
• Hedging: It’s possible, probably, maybe, it’s not impossible.
• Conclusions: That means that...
• Emphasis: There’s no way that...
• Hypotheticals: What if it was Eileen, If Mahmud sat there, then Ping sat across from him...

This activity is a bit different from other Clue by Clues because it’s in the form of a logic puzzle. Students will need to use the clues and the process of elimination to figure out the puzzle. There’s a Puzzle Solving Worksheet that you can give students to make it a bit easier.

Inside you'll find a teacher's guide on how to use it, hints to help students along, the puzzle itself, a puzzle solving grid for students to work with, the solution, and some discussion ideas around the theme.

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30 minutes
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