Check out our Mystery Week here on my very detailed blog post to get a better idea of how I use this in my own classroom!
All Things Apple in 2nd
I use this lesson plan as an introductory to the mystery genre with problem/solution as well as to reinforce drawing conclusions and making inferences. The activity gets the students involved in the process of solving a mystery with something that is related to them, like our class stuffed animal, "Minuend" Minion. They can really imagine what it would be like as well as the Author's Purpose of writing a mystery.
I left the example with my picture in here to show you what I did to make it even more personal. I also made 2 copies of the problem and solution page to differentiate. The unlined paper is so students can draw, if needed, as well.
I also hide Minuend Minion (whatever you choose from your room( in a teacher's room to act as if she is the criminal. So I put warning and caution tape around the corner where the raccoon sits and leave out a note for clues as well as some things of that teacher's, like a pen. I leave 6 clues so they can record them on the clues sheet included in the packet.
1- Follow the Clues Poster
1- Pictures from my class and Mystery Week
1- Missing Poster with Profile Information and picture spot
1- Follow the Clues: Clue Organizer
2- Problem and Solution page with lines (with and without a title)
2- Problem and Solution page without lines (with and without a title)
1- List of Suspects and Notes
1- Questions and Answers for Suspects
1- Wanted Poster with square to draw in the suspect
2- Writing templates to extend the activity: 1 with dotted lines and 1 with solid lines
My kids absolutely LOVE Mystery Week, and I hope yours do too!!! So many skills are being actively practiced and reinforced, and they don't even know it!
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