The heart of this lesson is all about motivating students to work productively in a group setting. In my class of 30 students, I had students in groups of 5 but this could easily be modified to work with smaller groups as well. I wouldn't recommend getting larger than 5 or students will have a hard time contributing to their group.
Setting the Stage - [3 min]
Hand out “There’s Been a Murder!” and Clue #1 papers, one of each per group
Outline the Objective – “Which of our suspects is guilty of murder?” - [5 min]
Clue Time - [10 min]
Pulling it Together - [25 min]
Conclusions - [10 min]
The Answer - [0-5 min]
Depending on how students do with the task, you can end the period (or start the next period) by going over the solutions together as a class. If most groups get to the at least one of the solutions, it is usually best just to let the task naturally conclude with their conclusions. A teacher revealing the answer sometimes disrupts the feeling of personal discovery and solving a mystery.
Below are the files for the clues and supplementary materials. Please use and share freely for non-commercial purposes. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment below :)
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