Let your little detectives uncover the clues in The Maze of Bones. The journal, discussion guide, and character cards will help kids crack the case (and improve comprehension!) Hook them on Book 1 of The 39 Clues Series - and soon they’ll be reading all eleven books!
Would you like to add more activities? Try Think Like a Detective! It features secret codes, fingerprints, observation, and deductive reasoning.
Note to Teachers and Parents:
By nature, mysteries have many characters and complex plots. This requires concentration and close attention to detail. Students in my classroom love them but sometimes struggle to keep track of those details. I’ve found that taking notes in a journal, discussing with targeted questions, and creating character posters or cards really helps.
Mystery books have the power to boost kids’ critical thinking and close reading skills. Reading The Maze of Bones in class or at home is a great choice! Once they read the first book in The 39 Clues series, they’ll soon be sailing through the other ten books in the series.
In my classroom, I pair this novel study with The Westing Game. It's an intricate book, full of twists and turns, which gives advance learners a greater challenge. [Note: Due to its difficulty, I do not recommend using this book before second semester of fourth grade.]
Brenda Kovich, NBCT
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This resource was updated on January 24, 2020.