Imagine how thrilled your readers will be when they find out they've received a special letter from a mystery animal! Your excited young readers will get to transform themselves into "animal detectives" as they read clues and use critical thinking and inference skills to figure out who has written to them.
Letters are written at a level comparable to "Reading A to Z" levels E-G. Take a look at the preview for a free sample letter from Gina Giraffe.
What's Inside This Pack:
1. Ten friendly letters from different mystery animals (Serena the Sea Lion, Harry the Hippo, and eight of their friends!)
2. Each letter lists sight words and "words to talk about" in a table at the bottom of the page.
3. Clear and detailed directions for teaching reading, inferring, and critical thinking in a small and whole-group setting, using mystery animal letters.
4. A description of "10 Ways to Use Letters from a Mystery Animal" to extend and enrich the lessons across the curriculum.
5. Directions, sentence starters, and a template for writing back to the mystery animal (plus a blank postage stamp to design).
6. Printable "Animal Fact Catcher Book" for students to record newly learned facts and information about the mystery animals.
7. Multi-use Venn Diagram for comparing and contrasting two animals.
8. Kid-friendly links to more information about animals online.
9. "Detective Notes" printables for recording clues (in black and white and color, designed to look like "top secret" folders).
10. Hours of activities to easily enrich your literacy instruction.
I designed this product to have lots of extras and extensions, so your students can:
1. Read with Purpose
2. Write to Express Ideas and Questions
3. Compare and Contrast
4. Practice Verbal Expression
5. Think Critically
7. Make Connections to Other Literature
8. Research and Record Data, and more!
After my own students' enthusiastic response from the first mystery animal letter, I wrote more and more letters, and they quickly became a regular part of literacy stations, small group reading instruction, and whole-class critical thinking activities. Children love animals and getting to be "detectives". Their excitement about the lesson helps them focus longer, sharpen verbal expression skills, and feel confident!
Plus, the main lesson alone easily meets several Common Core Standards.
Ready to print, teach, love!