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This digital St. Patrick's Day 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.

The Fortune Hunters are a band of treasure hunters in Ireland who are determined to solve the mystery of the leprechaun's missing pot of gold. When the group's leader, Saoirse Murphy, finds a perfectly preserved gold coin in Ireland, she knows they are well on their way to discovering something truly magical. Your students need to help determine where the gold is hidden.

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.

Included in your purchase: 

  • A Google Slides teacher presentation that guides the mystery with the backstory, evidence, the location reveal, and detailed explanations of the evidence that supports or refutes each of the possible locations.

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

  • A selection of leprechaun myths and digital information sheets that require students to close read and use their inference skills.

  • 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 correct location and go through each of the locations to show what evidence might support or refute the gold being there.

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