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Use this engaging Christmas mystery activity to assess your students' understanding of basic English language arts skills (spelling, homophones, punctuation, figurative language, and parts of speech) while trying to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Dasher! 

In this activity, students will take on the role of detective to solve the mystery of a kidnapped reindeer. Students must circulate the room in groups finding clues and solving ELA tasks to reveal information about the suspects, locations, and methods of the crime to ultimately find Dasher! 

The best part is that your purchase comes with a hand-drawn video, created by the talented John Spencer, that introduces the activity to hook students in! Watch the preview video above to get a sneak peek of the video included and download the preview to get a closer look the materials you can use to implement the Christmas activity in your classroom.



• Students watch a hand-drawn video that tells the back story of Dasher's disappearance and goes through each of the possible suspects, locations, and motives! This video is highly engaging and will hook your students immediately. Watch the video preview on the product page to get a sneak peek. 

• Students circulate the room in groups trying to find the hidden cards. When they find them, they must solve ELA-related tasks to reveal clues to help them solve the mystery 

• Students keep track of their work in their detective booklet! Once they feel they have figured out the suspect, location, and method, they yell out, "We have solved the mystery!" Was it Fred Frosty in the stable with a carrot and net? Or, perhaps it was Gina Gingerbread at the cocoa station trapping Dasher in Santa's gift bag!



→ Introductory video (1min 43sec video clip)

→ Teacher Instructions

→ Dasher missing poster for your classroom door

→ 10 Clue cards that assess different ELA skills

  • Spelling
  • Homophones
  • Commas
  • Hyperbole
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Personification
  • Adjectives
  • Apostrophes
  • Personification
  • Capitalization

→ Introductory PowerPoint slides to explain the process to students

→ Student response booklet with answer key

→ Mystery solution answer key (with answers for each of the clue card tasks for easy review) 

This activity is highly-engaging, but it also addresses many core standards. They will be having fun and learning, which is always a win-win!


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The videos and resources in this purchase are for single-classroom use and are not to be uploaded to the Internet in any format without permission from the creators. Please contact if you require more information.