This unit was created to complement the fabulous resources from Beth Newingham's website. I have used her documents for a few years, and LOVE them. However, I eventually found that I needed more. So, I created several posters to illustrate the key vocabulary words of this genre. I also created several worksheets and printables to help my "special agents" solve mysteries in their books. I hope you find them useful with your own kiddos!
I am going to be using this with my students next week. This resource made my lesson plans for teaching about the genre of mysteries much easier than last year! I am excited to use this and I know my students will enjoy mysteries much more!
I have used a lot of Nate the Great books, Horrible Harry books, etc. I LOVE Cynthia Rylant's High Rise Private Eyes series... especially for kids who are less proficient readers. I have a HUGE bin, and I have the kids choose the books they want to "investigate". I would stay away from The Boxcar Children. That was the only series I had a lot of trouble with for the kids' reports. I learned that hard lesson during my first year teaching, and I've avoided them for the purposes of the detective reports ever since.
Thanks for replying back so quickly. Since it is a birthday party, I don't want to really have the kids reading a book (especially a chapter book!), but instead would like to have an actual mystery to solve at the party. Something like...the goody bags are missing or the cake has been stolen. Something like that. I'm not sure because I'm not good at creating mystery stories. LOL! Though, I love your resources here and I showed them to my daughter (who I feel is a teacher in training!) and she loved them also. If we use them I'll send you some pics. Thanks again. And if you have any ideas for me, I'd love to hear them!
The full product is 25 pages long. The preview shows you pretty much every page except the rest of the vocab cards. They look the same as the page I posted...but I didn't want to be redundant. I did not create a mystery in the packet. I use this resource with my classroom books...so you could do something with Nancy Drew if you wanted to. My preview will give you a pretty good idea of what the packet looks like. Babbling Abby has a cute Mystery Box packet that you may be able to use too. If you end up using Super Sleuths at her party, I'd love to hear how it goes since I've only used it in class!
Hi! I have a question about this product. Does it come with mysteries that can be solved? i.e. books you have written Or would I just use this with one of my own books? I'm wondering because my first grade daughter wants a mystery party for her birthday next month. She wants to have a mystery to solve during the party. I'm looking for something we can do. She's been reading Nancy Drew books a lot recently (something like 1 a day for the past couple of months!) and is really into it. Thanks!