Mystery Stop and Jot Unit - Elementary EXPANDED

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Kat and Squirrel
Grade Levels
1st - 5th, Homeschool
Resource Type
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46 pages
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This way-too-fun mystery unit uses the "Stop, Think, Jot" reading strategy to delve into any mystery story.

EXPANDED version now includes more detailed teacher ideas and an original Kat and Squirrel Mystery Learning Adventure!

Teacher plans as suggestions to 'how to teach' the unit

"Detective Academy Training Manual" and completion certificate

Mystery vocabulary - 8 words

Cover sheet to create a "Detective Case File" with your pronged pocket folder

"Case File" papers used to collect jotted observations

"Stop and Jot" notes (or you can use Post-its)

2 styles of book logs

Lists of easy mystery books with Lexile numbers

Link to my Mystery Pinterest page!

Poster with 'stop and jot' codes

Bookmarks with 'stop and jot' codes are available here:
Total Pages
46 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.


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