teaching resource

Mini-Mystery – Who Won the Race?

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 2 pages | Years: 5 - 6

A fun, logic-based activity where students read clues to solve the mystery.

This teaching resource can be used as an engaging warm-up activity or task for fast finishers.

Use it as a stimulus for the whole class or distribute to individual students.

Students read the statements made by the characters and the Cold Hard Facts at the bottom of the page.

They use logic and reasoning to eliminate ‘red herring’ characters and mathematical knowledge to determine the winner of the race.


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  • Jessica Varano

    The answer is wrong? Shouldn't it be the flower?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Hi Jessica, SPOILER ALERT! Even though the flower usually can finish a 500 m race in two minutes, which is true, they didn't actually finish the race because they went off with another character for milkshakes! Alas, if the flower did not finish the race, they could not have been the winner. Must have been a good milkshake!

  • Zuriette Du Plessis

    Wow! You never seize to amaze me. These Mini-Mysteries are looking great. I am looking forward to using these as a fast finisher activity, a fun quiet activity or even small "solve the mystery"-group with my students. Thank you.

    • Dean Hughes

      Thanks once again, Zuriette! The team always appreciates hearing such positive feedback!

  • Megan Boltze

    These look great and I can't wait to try them in my classroom.

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      Thanks, Megan! We hope your students love them too!

  • Kate Beamish

    My class love these Mini-Mysteries! Thank you!

    • Tom (Teach Starter)

      Hi Kate, Thanks you very much for your wonderful comment. We are so glad your students enjoy these Mini-Mysteries! They are super fun!