Add some fun activities to your mystery genre study! Your kids will love decoding secret messages, analyzing fingerprints, trying different types of invisible ink, playing observation games, and working logic puzzles.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, this set of activities is classroom tested and kid approved. It’s also available as a part of a complete mystery bundle
, which includes mystery reading
and mystery writing
Mystery Activities Included:
- Students are presented with five different codes. For each, they decipher an encoded message and write their own messages too. (An answer key is provided.)
- On the first page, kids learn about fingerprint patterns and try to identify some patterns themselves. The second page gives kids an opportunity to make their own set of fingerprints. You can use an ink pad or pencil lead colored darkly on a paper for this.
- Three “recipes” for invisible ink are provided. Try one ~ or for maximum fun, let students try all of them to determine which works best.
- Try this set of three activities to see how observant your little detectives are!
- Let students work on their deductive reasoning skills with a set of five logic puzzles. For an extra challenge, have them make their own puzzle.
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Would you like more? Check out these mystery unit components:
• Mystery Reading
- Five sets of inference activities and five short mystery skills build kids’ close reading skills.
• Mystery Writing
- Three writing activities capitalize on the reading-writing connection in your mystery unit. Try simple mystery pictures, fun paper bag mysteries, and/or a traditional, well-developed mapped mystery.
• The Maze of Bones
- Discussion questions, a detective's journal, and character cards let your little detectives dive into this popular mystery book (fourth grade reading level).
• The Westing Game
- Discussion questions, a detectives journal, character cards and sheets, and additional support material help your students unravel this complex mystery novel (fifth grade reading level).
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