Drama Activity-Murder Mystery Motive Cards


For ages ten and up. 48 printable motive cards to be used with a murder mystery activity.

Students LOVE murder mystery activities and this game appeals to students of varying ages! In every murder mystery, there are suspects, a victim, a detective, a location for the murder, a weapon and a motive.

Here are thirty different motives for murder that will get your students thinking! In small groups, the actors will create a short play based on the prompts.

Examples of motives:

To get an inheritance
Victim refused to share
To save your life

Detailed instructions for leading this activity are in the Murder Mystery Drama Lesson.

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