Mushroom Murder Mystery

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In this game (p.28 of PDF), learners discover different fungal lifestyles and the various roles that fungi play in nature. Learners play the roles of fungi and must find their corresponding trees. This activity works well with both large and small groups and a variety of ages. Use this activity to discuss ecosystems.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pictures of five fungal fruit bodies (including one parasite), glued onto cards
  • Duplicate pictures of leaves from each of the affected trees; one picture from each pair should be glued on cards
  • Pictures of leaves from a variety of "bystander" trees, glued onto cards


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Protists and Fungi
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Assinder, Sue ; Rutter, Gordon


  • All rights reserved, British Mycological Society and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, 2002

Funding Sources:

  • British Mycological Society
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council