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This 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 resource includes everything you need to facilitate the activity in your classroom.

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.

Included in your purchase:

  • A 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.
  • A classroom poster that reads “Where is the pot of gold?” that you can put up on the door to hook students into the activity.
  • An original narrative backstory that sets up and initiates the mystery.
  • A selection of leprechaun myths and information sheets that require students to close read and use their inference skills.
  • A graphic organizer where students can keep track of their findings that support or refute different possible locations.
  • A detailed teacher answer key in print format and within the presentation slideshow.

How it works:

  • Start by putting up the poster on your door to build anticipation when students enter the room. When students enter, put them in small groups, so they can work together to try to solve the mystery.
  • Use the presentation slides to guide you through each element of the lesson. The slides will help you introduce the story and evidence to each of the groups.
  • Hand out all the evidence to students and allow them time to make their predictions and inferences and solve the mystery.
  • Once each group has made their final prediction, use the presentation slides 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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