CLOSE READING DIGITAL INFERENCE MYSTERY: WHO DECORATED THE TREES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?

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This digital holiday lights close reading inference mystery is a fun way to engage your students and challenge them to look for text evidence, infer information, and read more closely. 

It’s early December, and the residents of the small town of Radiance congregate in a park to drink hot chocolate, build snowmen, and walk the waterfront trail. As day turns to evening, a beautiful display of colorful holiday lights mysteriously illuminates in the trees. Your students need to determine who put up the holiday lights!

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

This works well as a Christmas reading mystery; however, there is no direct reference to Christmas, so it can be used at any point in the year.
 

Included in your purchase: 

  • A Google Slides teacher presentation that guides the mystery with the backstory, evidence, the culprit reveal, and detailed explanations for why each suspect is innocent and why the culprit is guilty.

  • An original narrative backstory that sets up and initiates the mystery.

  • A variety of digital clues that require students to close read and use their inference skills. There is a job application, a mayoral campaign poster, a letter from the local fire chief, a text message, a mayoral campaign budget, a power outage list, a blog post, a rock-climbing instruction poster, and a fire station community event poster.

  • Two different slide options are provided. One more challenging option has two pieces of evidence per slide, and the other has one piece of evidence with a section for students to take notes along the side.

  • A final digital response slide where students can keep track of their findings that support or refute different suspects in the mystery.

  • A detailed teacher answer key in slide format for students and within the Google Slides presentation slideshow for whole-class review.

How it works: 

  • Decide whether you want students to work in partners, groups, or independently for the activity.

  • Use the Google Slides presentation to guide you through each element of the lesson. The slides will help you introduce the story and evidence to students.

  • Share the digital file with students and allow them time to make their predictions and inferences and solve the mystery.

  • Once students have made their final prediction, use the Google Slides presentation to reveal the culprit and go through each of the suspects to show the evidence of their innocence or guilt.

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