Here’s a perfect writing craft to go along with the Mystery Genre. I used this activity with my second graders in guided reading groups. Each group read a Cam Jansen mystery together. To summarize their story, they each created a top secret case file. That included clues they found while they read, a summary of the mystery, a magnifying glass showing a visualization of the story, and a detective card with their picture and thumb print. This file set includes all the materials you will need to create a top secret case file with each of your students.
What’s in the set?
Just provide a manila file folder and then use the materials in this set…
-2 student examples for your reference
-2 Detective Case File Forms (Girl and Boy Version)
-Magnifying glass (have students illustrate a scene from their story)
-Top Secret Stamp clipart to cut and place on finished file folder.
-Case Closed Sticker to cut and place on finished file folder.
-Blank detective cards—you can add students picture and their name. Use the blank square and stamp the student’s fingerprint.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how
to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Recall information from experiences or gather
information from provided sources to answer a question.