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This digital Halloween 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 Henderson’s are hosting a Halloween Fright Night Party for which everyone in attendance must hide their identity with a costume. As a pre-party game, the partygoers drop hints for what costumes they will be wearing using puns and wordplay in a group chat. These clues become all the more important when the house is toilet papered. Your students need to find out who did it.

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.

This works well around Halloween; however, it can also be used at any point in the year.

Included in your purchase:

  • A Google Slides teacher presentation that guides the mystery with the backstory, evidence, the culprit reveal, and detailed explanations of the evidence for each of the suspects.

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

  • A digital message board with plenty of puns and word-play 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 which suspects are guilty and go through the evidence for each one.

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