Mystery of the Dead Birds - Critical Thinking Interactive STEM Storybook

Grade Levels
PreK - 6th, Homeschool
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10 pages
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This engaging, photo-filled, interactive digital story is based on mysterious, true events from a school near Tucson, Arizona. A second-grade class stumbles on a troubling mystery and your kids get to solve it using forensic evidence and internet research! Along the way, your students learn the value of having a variety of wild plants and animals around. They will also discover the value of their own citizen-science actions when based on information from mindful investigation, factual research, and critical thinking. My Critical Thinking Lesson 16 supports and includes this story, but the story stands well as an inquiry-based activity all on its own and includes:

  • Original true-story and photography
  • Questions to guide students' investigations and discussions
  • Live links for targeted research
Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. Examples of human impact on the land could include cutting trees to produce paper and using resources to produce bottles. Examples of solutions could include reusing paper and recycling cans and bottles.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


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