THE BUDDY FILES! The Case of the Missing Boy! An Easy Mystery!

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Here I am in the P-O-U-N-D. How did I get in the P-O-U-N-D, you ask? It's kind of a long story. First Mom disappeared, but Kayla said not to worry. She went to something called the National Guard. Then, Kayla and her dad took me to my vacation place at Barker Bob's. I got to swim and run and play with the other dogs. I wasn't worried at all until they never came back to get me. Then I got worried. I ended up in the P-O-U-N-D (we are not allowed to say it out loud). Where was Kayla? How would she know where I was?

I really wasn't too worried because Kayla and I have solved lots of mysteries together. I knew the steps! There was the first step... and the second step... The third step was to make a plan...and # 1 on that list was to escape from the pound! I was still working on figuring that out when a sad boy named Connor and his mother came into the P-O-U-N-D. Mom said she wanted to adopt me, but I knew that families can't adopt dogs. Dogs adopt families! But they did it anyway!

You won't believe where they took me!

You won't believe what happened to Connor!

You won't believe the mistake I made!

You won't believe what I had to do to solve this case!

Luckily, I put it all in my detective book I called The Case of the Missing Boy. You should read it. (It's got pizza in it. I love pizza. It's my favorite food.) It's got big type and even some pictures that my friend, Jeremy Tugeau drew. But don't let the big type and pictures fool you. This is a top-notch mystery!

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, deciphering clues, editing a letter, skill building, and authentic writing prompts and a culminating interactive Jeopardy-type game.

The Kids Wings Literature Guide by master teacher Suzy Red comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for easy projection and printing. The Activities that invite teacher-led scaffolding for younger students and independent work for older or more able students include:

Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Buddy's Song--Summarizing by Writing New Verses for Buddy's Song
Crossword Puzzle: Character Connections
Think Like a Dog--Classifying Buddy's Characteristics
Crossword Puzzle: Mysterious Events in Chapter 1
Buddy's Detective Notes
Map Study: Where in the World is Minnesota?
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities, Cause and Effect, Inference, and more!
Buddy's Clues--Analyzing the Evidence
Match the Ideas--Connor's Hypotheses
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Buddy's World Logic Puzzle
Writing --Changing Tense and Point of View
Writing a Two-Point of View Story
Comparing and Contrasting Books
Practice Editing a Letter
Write a Letter to an Author
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint format.


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