CLOSE READING INFERENCE MYSTERY: WHO STOLE THE GARDEN GNOME
This missing garden gnome 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.
Mrs. Henry lives alone with her dog in a small South Florida home. Her most prized possession is her garden gnome which she has named Gerome. After returning from groceries one night, Mrs. Henry notices that the garden gnome is missing from her yard. Someone stole Gerome, and your students need to figure out who did it.
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 stole the gnome?” 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 bylaw infraction notice, a social media profile, a package delivery information page, an airplane ticket, a customer feedback form, a chiropractor medical report, an email, a veterinarian medical report, a community social media group, and a newspaper article.
- 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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