CLOSE READING INFERENCE MYSTERY: WHO SET OFF THE NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS EARLY?

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This New Year’s 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.

Every year on December 31, the people of Woodbury gather in front of City Hall to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks light up the sky. However, this year, someone sabotaged the show by setting off the fireworks during the day, many hours before the event. Your students need to determine who did it.

This works well around New Year’s; however, it can also be used at any point in the year.

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 set off the fireworks?” 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 newspaper letter to the editor, a social media post, a firework permit application, a fire chief’s schedule, a wanted poster, a text message, a fitness GPS, an invoice for a pest and wildlife control service, a poster for the event, and a letter.
  • 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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