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Mystery Unit Activities and Detective Games | Secret Codes, Fingerprints & More

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
Resource Type
Formats Included
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  • Activity
42 pages
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Add some detective 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.

To support classroom, blended, or distance learning, this resource is available as a printable PDF, shareable Google Slides, and interactive Easel Activities. Open the preview to take a look.

What's Included:

  • Overview
  • The History of Secret Codes
  • 5 Codes to Break
  • The History of Fingerprints
  • Identifying Fingerprints
  • Fingerprinting Activity
  • Types of Invisible Ink
  • Invisible Ink Activities
  • 6 Observation Activities
  • 5 Logic Puzzles

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Enjoy Teaching!

Brenda Kovich

P.S. These materials also work well for the Girl Scouts Junior Detective Badge!

I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on July 2, 2020.

Total Pages
42 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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