There's been a murder! This exciting, engaging investigation activity allows students to control the direction of their own learning, through speaking, listening, discussing, and reasoning. I initially created these resources to provide something interesting for the students to engage with for their Functional Skills Speaking and Listening discussions, but it has since been used across Citizenship and PSHE departments, as well as by form groups, as a catalyst for social and moral discussions. Students play detectives aiming to solve the case of a death of an old lady. Using a range of evidence, from video clips, to interviews with key suspects, to positioning events on maps, students work in teams to try and solve the case. They must use skills of communication, to decide which leads to prioritise, and which evidence to discount. They also need to use their skills of literacy, to read and understand key evidence, and skills of numeracy to ensure that they keep their case within budget! Included in this resource pack are: - Full PowerPoint lesson talking students through the case; - A range of 'Exhibits' - evidence that the students use to build a case, including video clips; - A map of the local area, to help visualise the events leading up to the death; - Budgetting and recording sheets to track their progress; - A prime supsects list; - Clue cards containing interviews with prime supsects; - Full teacher guidance. Considering the time and effort that it took to create these resources, I think that they offer exceptional value. Whenever I have used this activity before, it has taken at least 2-3 lessons, including the introduction, investigation, conclusions, and evaluation. I orignally have used this with lower ability Year 8,9, and 10 groups, but colleagues have adapted it easily for students of all key stages. All images have been cited at the end of the PowerPoint presentation and are licensed for commercial use.
Children will read a scenario about a murder taking place in a manor house. Children then have to play detective and read (and take notes from) statements taken from nine suspects. One suspect's story will not be consistent with any other statement, this suspect is the murderer! This activity is good for children to practice note taking and summarising skills. Can be used as an individual task or children could be given one suspect statement each and then discuss these as a group. Could also be used as a drama activity where children have to read the statements and act out the characters.
Contains a PowerPoint and worksheet based around The Simpsons, a Murder Mystery. The whole PowerPoint is based around children reading and listening and picking out important pieces of information based around the death of Mr Burns. They must then infer and make connections between the information and decide who they thought the killer was and why using evidence to back up their ideas. This is perfect as a way of showing children how to get important information. It is also extremely fun and engaging.
Resources include a Powerpoint presentation with a description of the victim, suspects and a series of clues. Confession worksheet will require pupils to put paragraphs in order to reveal the mystery. Teacher copy also included.
Halloween Maths Murder Mystery . Suitable for KS2 (Years 4-6) Great revision tool with a number of topics covered - 4 operations, times tables, time,problem solving, etc. Easier and harder versions included. Colourful graphics, can be printed in black and white with no quality lost. The resource has 6 pages (a cover page, 4 pages with the activity, and 1 with HoppyTimes’ terms and conditions). Solution included. Thank you for your interest in my products! Hoppy Times
Telling Time Maths Murder Mystery A fun activity for Maths’ Telling theTime topic. Solve the mini mystery of a murdered passenger on a train by practising your knowledge of time, calculating time intervals, digital/analogue, 12/24 hour clocks, etc. Suitable for KS2. Colourful graphics, can be printed in black and white with no quality lost. The activity can be done as a whole class, in mixed ability pairs or with gifted and talented groups. Thank you for your interest in my products!
Nice end of year mini project that students can complete individually or in groups. Designed to be printed and made into a booklet. Focus on literacy.
This is a murder mystery activity set in a haunted house. Children must use a range of maths and problem solving strategies to solve clues and work out who the killer is. Strategies and skills used in this task include elimination, solving worded problems, addition, subtraction,multiplication, division, decoding and use of fractions. The resource includes answer sheets for pupil or teacher assessment and also printable certificates for children to receive on completion of the task. This task works well with mixed ability pairs.
An interactive multi-media murder mystery for groups of students that is both engaging and designed to be adapted to any grade. Following the classic manor house mystery genre, the materials here can be used with students of any level for a variety of different skills, including the basics of listening, writing, vocabulary and grammar or more advanced skills such as use of inference and critical thinking. Great for regular writing classes, group work, homework assignment or a fun fill in class. The main advantage of this resource is that the teacher can mix and match the materials outlined below to work with any class. There are materials for print only, display (slideshow), multimedia classrooms, or student iPad/laptop use. This gives the teacher the flexibility to make a lesson adapted to not just the age or level of the class, but the available technology as well. In addition, there are teacher explanations for each resource. Included: 1. Six short online videos that can be accessed via PDF print links. One of these is of the murder scene. The other five are suspect alibis. 2. An PDF slideshow that outlines the background to the murder of Mr. John Sanders. It has a link to a short animated video of the murder along with an introduction to the 5 suspects in the house and the clues and evidence found at the crime scene. 3. A plan of the crime scene. (PDF) 4. A useful vocabulary task sheet for use with reading or writing a murder mystery. (PDF) 5. A teacher and student version of an interactive suspect and timeline PDF task sheet. The teacher version can be used in a multi-media classroom or internet connected screen. The student version can be printed out, or used on student iPads. Both versions have interactive links to videos of suspect alibis and space for notes on a timeline and connecting evidence. 6. Task sheets (PDF) for each of the five suspects that contain a facial image and sections for notes on alibi and motive for each. There are 4 different versions of this for Teacher, younger, older and ESL students. Instructions on use are provided for each. 7. A set of 5 A4 size color images of the suspects that contain Q codes that students can use to access the online video alibis of each suspect. 8. A separate 5 suspect set of motives that can be printed on the reverse of the Q code image cards. 9. A two page comic book extension that can be used with higher level students to demonstrate their writing skills. Each comic displays one of the suspects as the murderer and has sections for students to draw and write in. Great for inference or critical thinking skills. 10. Printable murder alibi cards. 11. Answer key. #63 PDF pages Similar lesson Murder Mystery 2-Video Story-The Art of Murder
Maths Murder Mystery (KS2 Fractions) Review fractions with this fun mini murder mystery. Great for revising, practising fractions of amounts. Included a worded problem, fractions of amounts, fractions with clocks/ money and on a number line. Te resource contains 3 pages - 2 with the murder mystery, 1 with answers and HoppyTimes terms and conditions. Thank you for your interest in my products!
Maths Murder Mystery (KS2 Addition/ Subtraction) Turn your Maths revision lesson into a fun activity by solving a mini murder in space mystery . Great revision tool for addition and subtraction: finding the difference, missing numbers, adding decimals and numbers with powers, solving worded problems, subtracting from a zero, inverse. Can be used in mixed ability pairs, with G&T groups or as revision/ prep for SATs. Colourful graphics, can be printed in black and white with no quality lost. The resource has 3 pages (2 for the activity and 1 with my terms and conditions). Thank you for your interest in my products!
A bundle combining my three Percentages Murder Mysteries! Make your own murder mystery using the students in your class! The puzzle can be repeated and reused lesson after lesson. The spreadsheet will randomise the order of the students names and generate a different set of questions every time. Insert at least 24 student names into the first tab. Tip: If you have less than 24 students then make up the numbers by using teachers in the school! There are spaces for up to 34 names. Click “Generate Questions” and the program will randomly select 24 names from the list. Six of your students are potentially the victim, another six are linked to the location, another six are linked to the murder weapon, and of course, six are potential suspects. Students have to answer the questions to find out the victim, the murderer, the location, and the murder weapon. Ask them to write a short paragraph describing their findings. Of course they can always embellish the story by adding a motive! This is the first bundle in a series of murder mysteries I’m producing. These resources cover percentage of amounts from simple multiples of ten to really nasty ones - no calculators allowed!. Watch out for my other murder mysteries on arithmetic, negative numbers, and more!
This is a ‘murder mystery’ with video and paper based evidence. We filmed in front of our school green screen for a bit of a laugh, but the kids absolutely loved it. It lasts around 80 minutes comes complete with video and paper-based evidence. I suggest printing out into evidence packs.
Contains a PowerPoint which is a series of 5 lessons, perfect to cover a full week of maths lessons. It is a Murder Mystery based around children using their knowledge of problem-solving and patterns to complete a set of clues, one for each lessons in order to find the killer. Each time they solve the clue they cross names off their suspect list. Perfect for recapping or revising problem-solving or pattern finding. Also includes a worksheet for children to record their answers to each clue on each lesson.
A murder mystery with 32 suspects. 5 clues are in the form of jigsaws. Each clue eliminates half the suspects. The clues test knowledge of a) antonyms b) synonyms c) meaning of various idioms d) pairing up halves of proverbs e) naming the young of certain animals. Other English resources (also available free on Tes) include: Death at the SPaG Bol; The Great British SPaG Off; The SPaG Bol Heist and The SPaG Dress Disaster
A maths murder mystery with 32 suspects and 5 clues. Each clue eliminates half of the suspects. Topics covered include: indices/ square roots, prime numbers, times tables, angles and shape rotation.
A murder mystery activity with 32 suspects and five clues. Each clue eliminates half the suspects. Topics covered include: 2D shapes, angles, co-ordinates, Morse code and compass directions.
This is a maths murder mystery. There are 3 rounds of questions covering addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The questions are geared to a Year 4/5 class. The children are given clues written in hieroglyphics which they must decode in order to find our who the murder was, where the murder took place and what the murder used. The PDF contains all resources needed as well as the answers to all 36 questions. My class absolutely loved doing this and I hope your class will too!
This is a great resource I have used with my Year 5 group, but would work well as SAT’s revision or as individual teaching elements in LKS2 or as a recap of skills in KS3. The Murder Mystery consists of five challenges based on five different SPAG areas. The children must follow the instructions on each challenge to find a clue. Each clue helps to eliminate people from the suspect list. A notebook file is included with examples of each style of challenge in order to check understanding before the children begin each task. The task begins with a story about a murder in a sleepy village and asks the children to help solve the case. Included in this set of resources is: Instructions for the teacher. A story introducing the event. The suspect list. Five clues** (with all of the answers). ** A self-assessment tool to use at the end of the unit of work. A bright, colourful Notebook file which guides through each challenge and includes examples. A lesson plan. SPAG skills covered by this resource include: Clue 1: Full stops and Capital Letters. Clue 2: Nouns, Adjectives and Verbs. Clue 2: Commas Clue 4: Subordinating and Co-ordinating conjunctions. Clue 5: Speech Punctuation. This works brilliantly in mixed ability groups or by individual groups of pupils. Higher ability pupils relish the challenge of investigating for themselves whereas some lower ability or SEN children will need support. It can be used across one (or a series of) lessons or as a weekly starter/plenary/SPAG task which can extend the ‘whodunit’ tension across an entire half term.
A Scheme of Work our AST in English spent many hours devising for his low ability Year 7 set. When Ofsted observed the results this year they described children's progress in his class as 'exceptional.' However, you will need to adapt these resources for your own use. The original story has the first names of children and surnames of teachers in our school - you will need to replace those to have maximum impact. The SoW focusses on responses to writing with an additional opportunity for creative writing at the end (the children close the story).
A group based decision making exercise on what is killing coral reefs. It considers the impacts of humans on the natural environment and other influences. Students have to work in groups to decide what is killing coral reefs. There are statements that are to be used as clues and some red herrings. There is a question sheet and final response sheet to the murder mystery. There are suggestions of specific group roles. There is a lesson plan, demonstrating differentiating and assessment of learning, Designed for KS3 but could be used as an introduction lesson to coral reefs at GCSE.