Engage your students in an exciting mystery simulation based on Chris Van Allsburg's book (The Mysteries of Harris Burdick) where YOU become the Chief of Police, and your students become first-rate detectives! Students will delve into a mystery that at first seems to have no solution, but through open-ended questioning and investigation through role-play, your students will come to a conclusion and arrest the culprit — maybe.
Every mystery is different since the students use their creativity to develop suspects, witnesses, etc. that are all supported by the evidence. This requires creativity as well as critical thinking and is sure to elicit a personal investment in the mystery. It's exciting to see how each class you teach will take a different approach keeping each implementation fresh.
Included in this mystery simulation:
•Complete lesson plan with day by day implementation guide
•Crime scene photo
•Student investigation journal with a final police report
•Standards-Based Rubric for grading
As the adoption of the Common Core Standards progresses throughout the nation, it becomes clear that higher-level thinking is no longer a choice, but instead it is a fundamental part of teaching students 21st Century Skills and preparing them for the future.
According to www.corestandards.org, students who meet college and career readiness are “self-directed learners, effectively seeking out and using resources to assist them, including teachers, peers, and print and digital reference materials.”
This interactive unit meets such demands and is aligned to the Common Core Standards.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1b Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1c Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1d Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.