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The Case of the Missing Crown


The Queen at the Windsor Castle was in her dressing quarters when a loud and alarming noise was heard in the library.  The guards sound the alarms and the gates are locked.  The Queen enters the library where her safe holds her most prized possession, her crown.  As she opens the safe she notices that the crown is missing!  Can you solve the mystery before it’s too late?

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“My students love these mysteries and I love how it gets collaborative talking started!”
“Super cute, my kids loved it! Definitely a lot of higher order thinking required so we worked in groups first then matched up with another group then the whole class to make it through all the clues. loved it!”

Are you ready to watch your student engagement skyrocket?! Students will work together to solve the mystery AND practice a variety of academic skills including; inferencing, critical thinking, problem solving, reading comprehension, and much more! The material is so fun and engaging, students won’t even know they are actually learning! This activity can be used anytime of year and is a fantastic way to get students excited about learning.


What is included?

  • Teacher setup instructions with detailed information about each page
  • Different ways to play the game
  • Graphic Organizer Breakdown
  • Inference Sentence Frames
  • Mystery introduction
  • 25 clues to solve the mystery
  • 6 different graphic organizers to choose from!
  • Answer key
  • Discussion Questions
  • Access to the Digital Mystery
  • Graphic organizer with example

What skills will we be working on?

There are so many different skills that students will be working on, that it would be impossible to list them all, but here are a few:

  • Team building
  • Collaboration
  • Inferencing
  • Problem solving
  • Reading comprehension
  • Critical thinking

What materials do I need?

  • Paper and ink to print materials
  • Just print and go!

What do I need for the digital mystery?

  • Access to the internet
  • Access to Google Sites
  • Access to Google Forms

If you are doing the digital mystery, there are a few things you’ll need to do before you get started. I highly suggest you TEST THE LINK on a student device to see whether or not they have access to the site. Go through the mystery and see how it would look to a student. If you do not have access to Google Sites, you may need to contact your district or school’s IT department for further assistance.

How much time will this activity take?

I would reserve approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours for this activity. This depends on your class and how you implement the game.



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