Christmas Mystery Activity - Missing Reindeer ELA Skills Digital Activity

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Christmas Mystery Activity - Missing Reindeer ELA Skills Digital Activity: Use this engaging Christmas digital mystery activity to assess your students' understanding of basic ELA skills like spelling, homophones, punctuation, figurative language, and parts of speech, while trying to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Dasher!

In this digital activity, students will take on the role of detective to solve the mystery of a kidnapped reindeer. Students must examine clues and solve ELA digital 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 at the materials you can use to implement the Christmas activity in your classroom.

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

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How Does the Digital Christmas Mystery Activity Work?
  • 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 solve ELA-related digital tasks to reveal clues to help them solve the mystery
  • Students keep track of their work on their response slides! 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!

What's Included in the Digital Christmas Mystery Activity?

➡️ Hand-Drawn Introductory Video: Use this engaging hand-drawn introductory video by John Spencer (1min 43sec) to set up the Christmas mystery and introduce the suspects, locations and motives. This will totally hook your students into the activity.

➡️ Detailed Teacher Instructions: Feel totally confident setting up and implementing this activity in your classroom with these detailed teacher instructions.

➡️ Introductory Slides: Use these slides to introduce the activity to students and walk them through the process, so they know exactly what to do during the Christmas mystery activity.

➡️ Dasher is Missing Digital Clue Cards: Each of these digital clue cards has students work with a different ELA skill to uncover information about the suspects, locations, and motives. The different skills addressed are:
  • Spelling
  • Homophones
  • Commas
  • Hyperbole
  • Metaphor
  • Simile
  • Personification
  • Adjectives
  • Apostrophes
  • Personification
  • Capitalization
➡️ Student Response Slides: While students complete the tasks, they will record what they learn about each suspect on their response slides

➡️ Detailed Answer Key: Use the included answer key to help you review this activity with students when they are done. Answers are provided for each of the ELA skills on the digital clue cards.

This digital 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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