With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I used the theme to create this next mystery writing prompt. If you look closely at the prompt picture provided in this post, you will find a pot of gold, a leprechaun hat, and a shamrock.
Use the prompt below on it's own as a story starter for some inspiration and see if your students notice any particular item, or follow the lesson suggestions posted underneath.
The idea behind this prompt is for students to pick any item in the picture part of the prompt below that inspires them to write a mystery story about.
Remind everyone that there's no right and wrong, otherwise there would be no room for creative thinking in this task.
As with all mysteries, we all want to know an 'answer.' While there is no right and wrong, in fact I hope your students come up with lots of different ideas, I've included my own mystery story in the video below to show what happened. You may choose to share this with your kids after they finish writing their own stories to carry out a compare and contrast lesson or just for fun.
Solve the case! Where in Mathattan did Leroy leave his pot of gold?
If you are interested in extending this mystery activity by integrating it with your math lesson, click on the link image below to find the file case on my Teachers Pay Teachers store. A fun theme for a St. Patrick's Day spiral review math session. Each grade level provides five clues with a variety of math review. Be sure to check out the product description to see the specific math skills covered in that grade version.
It is free to register if you don't have a login with TPT.
Not sure what a math mystery is? Do you want to know more about how to use them? Check out the video below.
You may also like to read this blog post
'Five Easy Ways to Use Math Mysteries in your Classroom.'
Still not sure if a math mystery is something you want? Try a full FREE math mystery available to download from my TPT Shop. The link will redirect you to where you can download the multi-grade bundle. It is free to register if you don't have a login with TPT.
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