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This murder mystery game is a novel way to quiz students on an Agatha Christie book

Subject:

Language Arts  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Murder Mystery Game
By – Dawn Pawlowski
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12

Objectives:

      Students will…

 

      (1) explain the process of elimination,

 

      (2) demonstrate prediction skills, and

 

    (3) show evidence of comprehension.

Background:
The Murder Mystery Game is the culminating activity after reading Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None . Throughout the book, students are trying to figure out, “Who done it?” Teacher works on building the students’ skills in (1) process of elimination and (2) prediction.

Materials Needed: (1) Classroom set of And Then There Were None , (2) Clue Board Game, (3) 4×6 unlined white index cards — location, weapon, and suspect cards, (4) digital camera, (5) detective sheet, (6) writing utensils, (7) 3×5 index cards – question cards and (8) duct tape

Anticipatory Set:
Play Clue board game to have students learn/practice the process of elimination

Set-Up:

      The teacher is going to fake his/her own murder.

 

      (1)  Create a list of suspects (fellow co-workers), locations, and weapons. BE CREATIVE, but use suspects, locations, and weapons that can be found within the school. Was it done in the library with a school lunch by the principal? Or was it done on the 50 yard line with a dodge ball by the janitor? Limit the suspect, location, and weapons list to no more than 10 in each category

 

      (2)  Using a digital camera, take pictures of all of the suspects, locations, and weapons. Print the pictures on the 4×6 index cards – 2 sets. Display one set of murder mystery cards for students to see.

 

      (3)  Give second set of cards to co-workers. Just remember, one suspect, one weapon, and one location card should not be given out — those are the answers. Put those cards in a safe place.

 

      (4)  Give your co-workers a question card. In order for a student to see a murder mystery card, they must correctly answer a question card related to

And Then There Were None

      .

 

      (5)  Create a detective sheet for the students; model detective sheet after the one found in Clue board game.

 

      (6)  Using duct tape, have a co-worker outline your body on the floor. If possible, see if you can get “Police — Do Not Cross” tape to put around the crime scene.

 

Step-By-Step Tasks:
(1)  Hand out the detective sheets to the students. Explain how the murder mystery game will work.
(2)  During the school day students will go to other teachers and ask for a question. When they get the answer correct, then they can see the murder mystery card. As students see murder mystery cards, they will chart them on their detective sheet. Using the process of elimination, they will figure out who done it, with what, and where because the answer will be the only one NOT checked off in each section. (Just like Clue the board game).
(3)  The first student who returns his/her detective sheet will be the winner. A prize could be given out; in the past I have given students their very own Clue board game.


SUSPECTS: Teachers be sure to substitute your own teachers and locations for the following:


Name: _______________________ Period: ______

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: Go up to various staff members and ask for a clue. The staff member will give you a question about And Then There Were None . If you answer the question correctly, you will be shown a clue card. If you answer the question incorrectly, they will give you a hint. When you see a clue card, cross that suspect, weapon, or location off your list. Like the board game Clue , you will find out the suspect, weapon, and location by process of elimination (the last one left in each section). When you are done, write down the answers and turn this sheet in to Miss P. The first student from the A-4 and B-2 class will win a prize. Good Luck!!!

 

Suspects:

 

Detective Notes for Hints

Mr. Bill

 

Mr. Bodner

 

Chef Paul

 

Ms. Donna

 

Mr. Gaston

 

Mr. Glover

 

Mr. Pierce

 

Mr. Russ

 

Mr. Sprengel

 

Ms. Z.

 

 

 

Weapons

 

Chair

 

Computer

 

Fire Extinguisher

 

Knife

 

Red Pen

 

School Lunch

 

Scissors

 

 

 

Locations

 

Academic Hall

 

Bathroom

 

CIBS

 

Clinical Office

 

Computer Lab

 

Kitchen

 

Principal’s Office

 

Room 4

 

Self Contained

 

Wood Shop

 


Question Cards

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: How many people were on the island?

ANSWER: 10

HINT: Page 40

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of the poem?

ANSWER: “Ten Little Indians”

HINT: Page 31

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of the island?

ANSWER: Indian Island

HINT: Page 1

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who wrote And Then There Were None ?

ANSWER: Agatha Christie

HINT: Cover of book

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of a movie that is based on a board game?

ANSWER: Clue

HINT: We watched the movie last week and played the game in class.

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Which guest was behind all of the murders and used the AKA Mr. Owen?

ANSWER: Justice Lawrence Wargrave

HINT: Page 275

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What did Justice Wargrave put his written confession in, which told the police that he was behind all of the murders?

ANSWER: Message in a bottle

HINT: Page 261

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: How do the murders relate to the poem, “Ten Little Indians?”

ANSWER: People in the book died the same way the Indians died in the poem

HINT: Poem hanging in Miss P.’s room and hallway

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who invited all of the guests to Indian Island?

ANSWER: Mr. U.N. Owen

HINT: Page 23

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: How does Mr. Owen announce everyone’s secret at the first dinner?

ANSWER: Gramophone

HINT: Page 45

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Name 3 characters stuck on the island.

ANSWER: Vera Claythorne, Emily Brent, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Rogers, Justice Wargrave, Philip Lombard, Dr. Armstrong, Mr. Blore, Anthony Martson, and General Macarthur. (Any 3)

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of Vera Claythorne’s ex-boyfriend?

ANSWER: Hugo

HINT: Page 245

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Which guest was a cop (detective)?

ANSWER: Mr. Blore

HINT: Page 55

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What are the names of the 2 housekeepers?

ANSWER: Mr. and Mrs. Rogers

HINT: Page 29

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of the judge?

ANSWER: Justice Wargrave

HINT: Page 2

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who is the adventurer that killed 21 natives?

ANSWER: Philip Lombard

HINT: Page 68

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who is the first guest to die on the island?

ANSWER: Anthony Martson

HINT: Page 68

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who is the last guest to die on the island?

ANSWER: Vera Claythorne

HINT: Page 245

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who dies by being stung by a bee?

ANSWER: Emily Brent

HINT: Pages 178-180

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the name of the military person who killed his wife’s lover?

ANSWER: General Macarthur

HINT: Page 43

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: What is the only form of transportation used to get to and from the island?

ANSWER: Boat

HINT: page 24

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who shot Philip Lombard?

ANSWER: Vera Claythorne

HINT: Page 240

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Which guest died by drowning?

ANSWER: Dr. Armstrong

HINT: Page 236

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Which guest helped Justice Wargrave fake his death?

ANSWER: Dr. Armstrong

HINT: Page 270

Miss P. Murder Mystery

DIRECTIONS: When a student asks you for a clue for the game, ask them the question on this card. If they get the answer right – show them the clue card. If they get the answer wrong, or does not know the answer, give them the hint and DO NOT give them the clue card until they come back with the correct response.

QUESTION: Who was the person that died by being “chopped in half?”

ANSWER: Mr. Rogers

HINT: Page 167


Examples of Weapon, Suspect, and Location Cards (Make 2 sets):

You need to make cards with pictures of your “weapons,” “suspects,” and “locations” on them. The easiest way would probably be to take pictures with a digital camera and print them on 3×5 index cards or you could just scan a yearbook picture or even draw a picture if necessary.

Weapon # 3: Fire Extinguisher

Suspect # 2: Mr. Sprengel

Location # 1: Academic Hall

 


 

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