House and Holmes: A Guide to Deductive and Inductive Reasoning

Test your pupils' reasoning skills with several activities and a quick mystery to solve. Learners watch and analyze a few video clips that demonstrate reasoning in action, practice deduction with an interactive and collaborative activity, and work together to construct a solution to a mystery.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners read the five-minute mysteries out loud in their groups to set the mood for the activity
  • Start off a unit on detective fiction with these activities
  • Incorporate creative and expository writing by asking students to write up their reasoning in essay format or fully developed stories after each activity
Classroom Considerations

  • The links to A Few Good Men and the clinic scenes from House, M.D. do not work; however, you should be able to find the scenes, or similar scenes, with a YouTube search
Pros

  • Provides three different five-minute mysteries and answers for all three
  • Covers both deductive and inductive reasoning with engaging activities
  • Cross-curricular resource relates to language arts, social studies, and math
  • Other activity handouts and related teacher notes are included
Cons

  • None