I LOVE this activity, and so do students.
The students arrive to find the outline of a body surrounded by police tape in the middle of the classroom floor. You explain they must solve the murder by answering six questions:
Who was murdered?
Who committed the murder?
What was the murder weapon?
Why did the murder take place?
The students must stay in their seats, and only one of them can write anything down.
Each student gets one clue. Then give them 15 minutes to collectively solve the murder.
Of course, it’s not really about solving a murder, but about developing the skills needed for effective group discussion.
Watch the film below to see what happens.
The activity is take from one of my favourite teaching books, The Teacher’s Toolkit.
Click on this link to get the 30 clues Murder hunt