Fun murder mystery activities

Explore some of the very best murder mystery activities for primary pupils on Tes which have been designed to recap key skills

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Child Holding A Magnifying Glass Solving A Mystery/looking At Something Closer

Develop primary pupils' powers of deduction with these murder mystery activities

There's nothing more engaging than a well-crafted murder mystery activity to keep pupils engaged throughout a topic or 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…

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6 Maths Murder Mystery Bundle (KS2 Revision, SATs)
hoppytimes

6 Maths Murder Mystery Bundle (KS2 Revision, SATs)

6 Resources
Save and buy all my Murder Mysteries as a bundle. Make revision fun solving these mini Maths murder mysteries. Included: Fractions murder mystery Addition and subtraction murder mystery Telling time murder mystery plus 3 mysteries which cover a number of topics - four operations, word...
Murder Mystery. Game Problem solving KS2-3 (7-14)
maths126

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

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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
Maths Murder Mystery 1
sessa1

Maths Murder Mystery 1

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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.
STEM Geometry 1:  A Math Murder Mystery
Kiwilander

STEM Geometry 1: A Math Murder Mystery

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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 wil...
Telling Time Maths Murder Mystery
hoppytimes

Telling Time Maths Murder Mystery

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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 pri...
CSI: Math Murder Mystery - Who Stole Time  - Telling the Time
Kiwilander

CSI: Math Murder Mystery - Who Stole Time - Telling the Time

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This CSI themed telling the time activity will engage students by taking them on a journey to solve problems and puzzles. Students narrow down the suspects by completing the activities and marking them off from the suspect list until one person is left. Who Stole Time? This case includes: Clue 1: C...

Murder mystery activities for English

Consolidating key learning is often something that falls naturally at the end of a term, but with pupils ready for a break it can often be quite hard to get them to focus. So, to help keep learners engaged, we have brought together a small collection of English murder mystery activities which will help pupils’ to consolidate key learnings in writing and spag. If you're looking for more primary english resources, visit our primary English hub.

 

Murder Mystery Roll-A Writing Prompt
Jadyn Thone

Murder Mystery Roll-A Writing Prompt

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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 wea...
Murder Mystery - Death in the Orchestra
sessa1

Murder Mystery - Death in the Orchestra

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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 a...

Murder mystery activities for history

Whether you’re starting a new historical topic, or coming to the end of one, these murder mystery activities for ancient Greece and the Tudors are sure to engage your pupils’.

Tudor Murder Mystery
jonwhitley

Tudor Murder Mystery

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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 ...
Ancient Greece Murder Mystery
jonwhitley

Ancient Greece Murder Mystery

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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.

Murder mystery activities for science

From materials and their properties to elements in the periodic table, these murder mystery resources are perfect for primary science.

Periodic Table Murder Mystery! Atoms and Elements
erhgiez

Periodic Table Murder Mystery! Atoms and Elements

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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 diffi...

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