Submitted by Theresa Goble, La Porte, Indiana

Idea posted May 11, 2004

This mystery game is quite fun with older kids:

1. Scan pictures of instruments. (They don't need to be big.)
2. Cover the instrument with a piece of construction paper except for a small part showing to give a clue.
3. Create a fill-in-the-blank list and word bank on a sheet of paper with as many numbers as there are instrument clues.
4. Have the students work in pairs and move around the room to the instrument clues. Give them a set time period to deduce what each instrument is by figuring out the clue.
5. Return to seats and tally up the correct number of answers.

This game helps your students learn to work with a partner, use reasoning and deduction, think creatively, and have fun while learning!