Fun murder mystery activities

Sian Evans
27th April 2018
Primary student solves fun murder mystery activities

Develop primary pupils' powers of deduction with these gripping murder mystery challenges

There's nothing more engaging than a well-crafted murder mystery activity to keep pupils motivated right up until the end of a topic or a scheme of work. Not only does it allow them to be completely immersed in their learning, but it also encourages creative thinking skills and teamwork. Time to crack on; your budding detectives have a murder to solve…


6 Maths Murder Mystery Bundle (KS2 Revision, SATs)

Save ££ and buy all my Murder Mysteries as a bundle. Make revision fun solving these mini Maths murder mysteries.
Fractions murder mystery
Addition and subtraction murder mystery
Telling time murder mystery
plus 3 mysteries which cover a number of topics - four operations, worded problems, times tables, coordinates, missing numbers, etc.
Thank you for your interest!

By hoppytimes

Murder Mystery. Game Problem solving KS2-3 (7-14)

A murder has been committed! There are 32 suspects, and one of them is guilty. Using your powers of deduction, can you crack each of the five coded clues to reveal the identity of the killer?

NEW (13.02.10) ANSWERS & TIPS

By maths126

Ancient Greece Murder Mystery

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.

By jonwhitley

Periodic Table Murder Mystery! Atoms and Elements

A really fun introduction to some common elements and their properties. Mr. Sodium has exploded and three other guests have gone missing at the Periodic Manor House. Can your students match chemical properties to clues in this super sleuth extravaganza! Variable group size with variable difficulty. Min group size: 13 Max group size: 30
By erhgiez

Murder Mystery Roll-A Writing Prompt

This Murder Mystery Roll-A writing prompt resource will get your students writing clever mysteries with exciting twists! With over 7770 unique possible combinations, you could use this year after year and never get tired of the outcomes! Students roll a dice to decide the victim, suspect, murder weapon, scene of the crime and the victim’s shocking secret with this handy writing prompt resource.

☸ Example Rolls
⚀ -1- Victim: Wealthy entrepreneur
⚁ -2- Suspect: Known criminal
⚂ -3- Murder Weapon: Bottle of poison
⚃ -4- Scene of Crime: Behind the stables
⚄ -5- Victim's Secret: Was an impostor

⚠ Preview Product
Download the PREVIEW to view a demo with student-friendly instructions.

✂ Contents
+ A full-page sheet detailing the options for each side of a dice
+ Printable dice template (two dice per page)
+ British and American English versions
+ Recording and story writing sheet
+ Student-friendly instructional presentation

✂ Teacher Preparation Instructions
Ensure students understand the basics of narrative writing before implementing in the classroom.

✂ Suggestions for Use in the Classroom
You could print a copy to add to writing centres, display the color version on the board for a class activity or hand out individual copies to students.
By Jadyn Thone

Murder Mystery - Death in the Orchestra

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
By sessa1

Tudor Murder Mystery

This is a ‘murder mystery’ with video and paper based evidence. Children sift through the different exhibits in order to discover the culprit. There are plenty of red herrings and to pick the right suspect for the right reasons requires quite a bit of careful consideration. No - it's not actual historical evidence, but the idea is more to get the children engaging with sources of evidence and questioning their validity. It lasts around 80-90 minutes. Enjoy!
By jonwhitley

STEM Geometry 1: A Math Murder Mystery

This murder mystery will engage students by taking them on a journey to solve geometry puzzles and questions to solve a murder. Students will need to gather evidence by completing charts, Interview witnesses by sorting through geometry shapes and compare data to narrow the suspects. Finally they will narrow it down to two suspects, with a final hundred chart puzzle to uncover the truth.

Who is the Geometry Math Mystery Murderer!!!


By Kiwilander

Murder Mystery Adapted

I have taken a lesson from here and adpated it will be using it for a Year 5 taster session at a Secondary School. New Evidence is an extension that changes the killer. The numbers are quite easy the application is the difficult part I may well use this with classes up to KS4 depending on ability.
By Ryanroyston

Murder Mystery Creative writing KS2/3

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.

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