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The Plymouth Colony Fires


In September of 1620, the Mayflower sailed from England to the new land across the Atlantic Ocean. After two long months at sea, the ship landed at Cape Cod.  Many of the colonists
starved or could not bare the cold and harsh weather. Although the colonists worked hard to get through the winter, another tragedy struck.  Still to this day, one mystery remains from that fateful winter. A fire erupted and burned down seven of the colony homes. This fire caused extreme hardship on the pilgrims and nobody ever discovered the truth behind the cause of the fire. In recent discoveries, a journal of one of the colonists have been found. This journal may hold the secret to the long forgotten mystery of the Plymouth fires.  Can you solve the mystery and find the answer to this centuries old mystery?

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“Perfect and so fun! I’d love to see more of these created to go along with more historical topics!”
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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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