Steve Brixton loves to read the Bailey Boys Mysteries. The series has taught him all he knows about being a detective, and now, it seems, he has become an amateur private detective. He's is able to solve mysteries with just a few clues, but no one takes him seriously...at first.
Then, his favorite teacher gives his class a weekend assignment and he draws the worst subject he can imagine: Early American Needlework! Now would you want an assignment like that? He thinks it will be the most boring weekend ever, but he is dead wrong. Who could imagine a Saturday afternoon trip to the library turning into an dangerous escapade into the world of mystery!
First, when the librarian scans his book, the lights go out, alarms sound, and pandemonium breaks loose. Then, armed secret agents with weapons drawn drop from the skylight. What would you do? Steve ran...right into six other masked agents coming through the front door. Others crashed through the side windows as Steve dove for cover.
Can you imagine being charged with TREASON just because you checked out a book on early American Needlework? Well, Steve couldn't either! He was dumbfounded when he discovered who this task force of agents were and what happened when he made his getaway. Mistaken for a REAL private detective, Steve is chased through the story by highly trained library agents in a prom limousine, a wild bookmobile, an evil saboteur, and the entire police force. Jump on board for an exciting mission that just might save your country!!
You'll need to read on a soft carpet because you'll be rolling on the floor laughing your head off as Steve and his chum Dana leap from clue to clue trying to solve this crazy caper of the Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity. It's a cleverly written, laugh-out-loud romp, reminiscent of "the old days" when kids sent off box tops for detective licenses and lived in books they read.
The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, problem solving, deciphering clues, building your skills, and sliding into an interactive Jeopardy-type game that will test your powers of surveillance. Teachers who want students to enjoy the fun of romping through the first of a terrific new mystery series, will find this first-of-the-series a MUST-have for their class library and the Kids Wings unit essential to interactive fun and skill-building!
The fun activities for this mystery were written by master teacher Suzy Red and come to you in both PowerPoint and PDF format for ease in projection and printing. The Activities include:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction, The Mystery Begins
Memory Box for Gathering Book Report Evidence
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes & Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Crossword Puzzle: Pandemonium in the Library
Map Study: Where in the World is California?
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities, Cause and Effect, Inference, and more!
Character Analysis Pages
Picture the Idioms
Recalling and Analyzing the Chapters, Discuss and Write
Vocabulary List and Game
Group Reading Readers Theater from the Book
Create an Acrostic Poem about the main character
How Could Steve Prove His Innocence? A Fallen Tile Puzzle
Discussion and Writing Prompts
Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game in PowerPoint format!
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