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Use this engaging digital 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 find clues and solve 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!

This is a digital resource and students complete all the work on the computer. This works well with distance learning, 1:1 classrooms, remote teaching, Google Classroom, or online education. 



• 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 must solve ELA-related tasks to reveal clues to help them solve the mystery.

• Students keep track of their work in their detective slides! 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 Instruction Slides

→ 10 Digital Clue cards that assess different ELA skills

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

→ Introductory Google Slides to explain the process to students

→ Student response slides with answer key

→ Mystery solution answer key slides (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.