Professor Walter Patterson has a brilliant mind, short temper and limitless ambition to be the leader in stem cell and cloning research. He also has at least one deadly enemy. Less than 24 hours after his patent for a secret process is approved, Professor Walter is found dead in his laboratory next door to his former place of employment American technological University. Walter had been fired days earlier which negated the university's contract to share in the profits if his research panned out. Whodunit? Why?
After engaging in discussion and research about cloning, players take the roles of various characters to function as both suspects and investigators to get to the bottom of the death of research scientist Dr. Walter Patterson.
Activities are included preceding and following this event (perfect for kinesthetic learners, mixed ability groups and drama clubs or as an end of school event that will make them ever so briefly wish they were in summer school) to make connections in core subjects.
Kit includes character dossiers for 14 primary suspects, (the rest of the class chooses their own characters from a menu of choices that the teacher/director can edit), an activity packet with complete instructions for a fun hands on event and the clues that will give your students hands experience using the scientific method.
Activity packet also contains:
A brief overview, suggestions, timeline, an optional invitation, rules, The Jury Speaks form and many interdisciplinary activities. Graphic organizers in a horizontal format are available free of charge on the teacherspayteachers website. The accompanying lesson plan, spanning several days, is available free of charge on the teacherspayteachers website.
T Biggs - Brother of Becky Patterson
Boss Tweedledee - Owner of Agri Culture Industries
Becky Patterson - Wife of Walter Patterson
Chris Cross - Graduate student and one of Walter's former assistants
Sierra Barritt - Student at ATU, Animal Rights Activist
Sarah Vickers - Secretary at ATU
Keith Steel - Student at ATU, recently expelled for plagiarism.
Additional people can play minor roles and take part in discovering Whodunit. Some can be friends of the main characters and fellow students at ATU.
Additional Mystery Activities/Games available from Kathy Applebee include:
When rich old Mrs. Wetherington dies the family and staff are shocked, not at her death (after all she was old and many people wanted her dead) but at her will. The bulk of the estate would go to the person who fingered her murderer. Skeletons in closets, blackmail and underhanded dealings all abound at the family estate as everyone points fingers and declares their innocence. Lesson plan and activities available.
Murder at the Manor
The Earl Henry is dead and without an heir on the eve of the annual tournament and feast. Who could have done such a dastardly deed at the castle? His 4th wife? The traveling minstrel? One of his sisters or a host of other relatives, servants and knights from the realm? Play a suspect and a detective as you investigate the crime set in Medieval Europe.
Who Shot Prospector Pete?
Prospector Pete is found shot in the back at his mining claim with a peck of people possibly involved including his wife Betsy, the Raindance Kid, Hoss Steel, Lily Lang Tree (or is it Land Tree?) and many more. Jump right in as a suspect and a detective and figure out who did it.
Fairy Tale Wedding
Bring literature to life while writing your own ending to a highly interactive event immerses students in literary terms and research first hand. After engaging in discussion and research into the fairy tale genre of literature, players take the roles of various fairy tale characters and function as both suspects and investigators to get to the bottom of this despicable crime. Following this event (perfect for kinesthetic learners, mixed ability groups and drama clubs or an end of school event that will make them ever so briefly wish they were in summer school) Lesson plan and activities available.
The Case of the Lifeless Lifeguard (Mature groups)
Sandy Beechnut is dead but who put the harpoon in her heart? Senator Bill Clanton (CLANTON)or his wife Hillary? Big Bob Texaco - A throw back to the days of Texas justice? , Al. G. Side - former Navy Seal and Beach Patrol Captain at Chix Beach, Georgia C. Gull, Cocoa Budder - lifeguard at Chix Beach - a real knock out in more ways than one. Stormy O. Shinn - ambitious, aggressive manager of Walfart's boutique and Glamor Photography. Or several other shady characters.
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