This is one of my favorite units to teach. The kids learn a lot while having a great time. I create a puzzle with a clue for each group. For example, I would take a piece of colored paper and write a clue on it that would lead to a specific place. (Hint: Use a different color for each group.) I would then write the clue backwards (so that the students would be required to use a mirror to read it) and cut it into a pre-determined number of pieces...I like to have at least 5 pieces. After the group has earned all of the puzzle pieces by doing activities or worksheets, they can tape them together and fill out a search warrant to try to find their treasure piece. A small little prize to share or another puzzle piece may await them in the correct location. I like to use another puzzle piece. Once all of the groups have found their puzzle pieces, the class puts the puzzle together and decides where to search for the final prize. It is often popcorn and/or a mystery movie or short story.
This is a large file. In the file you will find:
* 50 riddles, one per page to print out and hang around the room
* a student paper to record answers for the 50 riddles
* teacher answer key for the 50 riddles
* application for a \"detective agency\" allows kids to practice filling out forms
* detective badges for students to earn upon admission to the \"detective agency\"
* a detective worksheet on dictionary skills
* an interest inventory to use to create clues about each student (this will be used for the silhouette activity)
* a list of ideas for a mystery unit
* an \"official\" search warrant for groups to search for their \"prize\"
* puzzle clues and answers...you will need to make them fit your environment
* a secret code worksheet
* a certificate to be given at the completion of the unit
* a teacher badge to hang beside or on the door
* a SMART Notebook file containing:
* 16 coin clue puzzles
* a silhouette activity
* 24 sudoku puzzles (8 each of easy, medium, and hard)
* 6 logic puzzles (2 each of easy, medium, and hard)
* 5 online mystery websites
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