CLOSE READING INFERENCE MYSTERY: WHO DESTROYED THE CORN MAZE?
Farmer Austin Birch is preparing for his corn maze to open to the public tomorrow. He spends the afternoon in his barn finalizing the last-minute details. When he walks outside, he is surprised to discover the corn maze destroyed. Your students need to determine who did this.
Included in your purchase:
- A 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.
- A classroom poster that reads “Who destroyed the corn maze?” 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 variety of clues that require students to close read and use their inference skills. There is a missing sign for a scarecrow, animal information sheets for crows and for cows, a work order for a fence repair service, a police report, a text message, an email, a poster for a pumpkin patch, a police radio conversation, and a social media message.
- A graphic organizer where students can keep track of their findings that support or refute different suspects in the mystery.
- 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 culprit and go through each of the suspects to show the evidence of their innocence or guilt.
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