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The Absent Author by Ron Roy is a great mystery book that engages even reluctant readers. My kids have always really enjoyed being “Reading Detectives.” All activities included can be done whole group or in reading groups. Throughout the book, students are active participants as they collect clues, investigate possible suspects, and take notes. Students will gain a greater understanding of the mystery genre and learn new vocabulary. The culmination project was a big hit with my students! Students are assigned clues from the story to incorporate into their 3-dimensional dioramas that create an I-Spy mystery for their friends. Everything you need is included to make reading fun and engaging for your kids!
Included in the lesson:
• Case File Label
• Clue Sheet
• Suspect Sheet
• Vocabulary Flipbook
• Diorama Directions
• Vocabulary Game – ZAP
• Vocabulary Quiz
• End of Book Quiz – Aligns to 3rd Grade Common Core Standards
• Assessment Project and Rubric - Aligns to 3rd Grade Common Core Standards
• Reading Detective Certificate