Students love solving crimes. Put your super sleuths to work and use it as a jump off activity to my Colonial America Unit: Why do people move?
Students are given a background history to kick off the activity. Together they will create a hypothesis about what they believe occurred. Next you have a choice: 1. Give them a sheet with a collection of clues for them to determine what occurred. Or 2. Set up stations around the room with both primary and secondary sources and have them analyze them to solve what occurred. Using the clues the students will try to prove their hypothesis.
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f you enjoy this lesson check out my other history mystery lessons.
- History Crime Solvers: Who was here first?
Columbus crashed onto the shores of Hispaniola in 1492. He wasn't the first. As teachers we all know about Leif Erikson, but do you know the mystery and legend of those others that came before? Have students dig into primary and secondary sources the first weeks of school eagerly trying to decipher legend from fact in this history crime solver.
-History Crime Solvers: Were there really Witches in Salem?
What needs to happen to start a witch hunt? The students look at all the different factors that led to the first American witch hunt.
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