Add some writing to your genre study! Choose from three activities: (1) puzzle pictures, (2) choose-your-own-clues paper bag stories, or (3) traditional mapped mysteries. Kids love them!
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, this set of activities is classroom tested and kid approved.
The projects are sequenced from simplest to most complex. If you want shorter bursts of writing, create pictures or use paper bags. To really develop writing skills, try the mapped detective story. For differentiation, you can assign activities based on readiness. Or, if you’re like me, have all students do all three!
Puzzle Pictures - This little activity is really a craft. It makes a great classroom display. Kids print or cut pictures of well-known objects, animals, or people. Then they write clues beneath the picture. They cut a small hole in a piece of construction paper and staple the it on top of the picture. Classmates study a small piece of the picture through the hole, read the clues, and guess what it is. Then they lift the construction paper to see if they’re right.
Paper Bag Stories - To prepare for this activity, cut and fold three sets of cards: character, setting, and situation. Place each set in a labeled paper bag. Students pick one card from each bag, then develop a story around them.
Mapped Detective Story - Kids develop their own plots. First, they read and analyze “The Case of the Missing Cookies” (included). Then they take these steps to organize, develop, and write their own whodunits:
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on January 21, 2020.