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Mystery Stop and Jot Unit - Elementary EXPANDED

Grade Levels
1st - 5th, Homeschool
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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).
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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