Fun murder mystery activities

Sian Evans
27th April 2018
Murder mystery activities tes

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

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…

Maths mystery

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.
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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

Maths Murder Mystery 1

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.
By sessa1

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

Telling Time Maths Murder Mystery

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.

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By hoppytimes

Murder Mystery Maths

A murder mystery maths problem solving lesson. Intended for use with a year 4 class but can be easily adapted.

Storyline is based on our English text 'The Tinder Box' which I have linked with Maths in this mystery. Again, this can be edited for your own purposes or storylines.

Answers are on the final slide.

You may wish to print each slide out in a pack for each table group. Each child on the table group must be assigned a role before being given a pack- this way everyone is on task and included within the group. Job roles: Manager-In charge of decisions. Reader- Reads the key parts to the group and individuals. Facilitator- Ensures everone has a go in turn. Resource Manager- In charge of providing relevent equipment and returning it.

You may wish to repeat job roles or add new job roles for larger groups.

Leave a comment about how you got on, or any suggestions for another Murder Mystery!
By Annie2888

Maths Murder Mystery 11 - Death in the Library

There are 32 suspects. Solve 5 mathematical clues to find who is guilty. Topics covered include: bar charts, drawing 2D shapes, co-ordinates, volume, decimal place value and brackets.
By sessa1

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

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: Converting form analogue to digital
Clue 2: Addition and subtraction of time
Clue 3: Addition and subtraction of time
Clue 4: Reading a clock face
Clue 5: Counting up in 15 minute intervals

Answers are included
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By Kiwilander

We have pulled together a selection of resources to cover different aspects of the primary maths curriculum. From telling the time to 2D shapes, long multiplication, angles and co-ordinates, these murder mystery activities are sure to spark your pupils’ interest and utilise their problem solving skills. If you're looking for more primary maths resources, visit our primary maths hub.


Murder mystery activities for English

Here, you’ll find a selection of murder mystery activities that support primary pupils learning in English.

The Great British SPaG Off - Who killed the chef?

A SPaG murder mystery. Solve 5 clues to find who the murderer is. Topics covered include: capital letters, prepositions, parts of speech, tenses, prefixes and determiners.
By sessa1

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

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.


Murder mystery activities for history

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

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


Murder mystery activities for science

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

Science Murder Mystery - Materials and their Properties - States of Matter

Science Murder Mysteries are great fun for both you and the students. For this mystery students will use their knowledge of materials and their properties as well as their states of matter knowledge to investigate who poisoned Andrew Smith. They’ll look at the 5 suspects poisons both using their eyes and under a microscope and compare the poisons to the one found at the crime scene.

They’ll have to figure out how to separate the substances in the water (salt, sugar, etc.) to take a closer look and make their comparisons to figure out which suspect to put in jail!


  • Teacher’s Guide

  • Bottle Labels

  • The Crime Brief

  • Investigation sheet part 1

  • Investigation sheet part 2

  • Conclusion questions

Equipment needed:

  • Resource pack

  • 6 plastic bottles per group

  • Petri dishes

  • Pipet

  • Microscope (or magnifying glasses if not available)

  • Salt, sugar, & coffee

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