Unsolved Mysteries - A Complete Research Unit

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Unsolved? — A Mysteries Research Unit

This complete 127-page unit of 10 full lessons is designed with class instruction guiding research, culminating to an independent study of a famous historical unsolved mystery. Includes Pre and Post Assessment ideas for each lesson.

Depending on length of class time, lessons can last 12-18 sessions. Duration is flexible because lessons can be shortened or extended as needed. Many informational handouts are available separately to purchase, but you save when they are already included with this unit!

Download the ZIP folder with unit document, also includes
—coordinating digital PowerPoint files (include original created & free downloads)
—research term vocabulary flashcards
—student handouts for reference information
—printables for anchor charts

All necessary resources integrated into the unit are included for you! **Recommend purchasing any of the Lawrence Treat books to supplement and use as fun introductory inference practice. Any future updates and revisions of this unit are always yours FREE.

LESSON 1: Observations & Inferencing
Unit Pre-Assessment
Quick Check Vocabulary
Mystery Footprints
Tiered versions of handouts to modify research expectations within class or grade
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Observations

LESSON 2: Primary Sources—Eyewitness Testimonies
Quick Check Vocabulary
Eyewitness Notes & What Do You See?
Eyewitness Testimony

LESSON 3: Fact, Opinions, and Reasoned Judgment
Picture Mystery: Inferencing
Quick Check Vocabulary
You Decide: Fact, Opinion or Reasoned Judgment

LESSON 4: Source Citations, Plagiarism, and Paraphrasing
Picture Mystery: Inferencing
Famous Unsolved Mysteries Case File Packet
What Do I Want To Know? Topic Selection

LESSON 5: Questioning to Guide Research
I Have, Who Has Vocabulary Review
Picture Mystery: Inferencing
Famous Unsolved Mysteries Case File Guide (also available separately to purchase)
What Do I Want to Know? Topic Selection

LESSON 6: Internet Research—Boolean Operators & Reliable Sources
Picture Mystery: Inferencing
Boolean Operators: Narrow Your Results (also available separately to purchase)
Research Pointers (also available separately to purchase)
Unsolved Mystery Investigation Case File Notes Page for each mystery

LESSON 7: Research & Project Planning
Picture Mystery: Inferencing
Project Brainstorming Planner
Investigation Case File Requirements and Scoring Guides
Investigation Case File for Information and Source Citation

LESSON 8: Organizing Information for a Presentation
Conferencing Checklist
Project Planning Guide A & Guide B versions
Blank Project Planning Guide

LESSON 9: Peer Editing & Revision
What’s Wrong?
Peer Editing Checklists A & Checklist B
Presentation Scoring Guide A & Scoring Guide B

LESSON 10: Presentation of Projects & Peer Feedback Review
The ABCs of Digital Presentations Handout (also available separately for purchase)
Presentation List
The 123s of Constructive Comments Handout (also available separately for purchase)
Peer Feedback Summary Handouts, Form A & Form B

The unit is perfect for any research investigations where students must interpret and analyze previous findings and records, in order to establish their own conclusions with justification. An excellent curriculum unit for gifted students and research-based classes. Scan the example list of 4th Grade ELA Writing, Literacy, and Reading Standards are targeted in this unit. Unit allows for easy integration of additional technology skills.

Please follow “Challenging Minds” on TPT for more class, research and independent study units coming soon!
Total Pages
127
Answer Key
Included with Rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Semester

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Unsolved Mysteries - A Complete Research Unit
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Unsolved Mysteries - A Complete Research Unit
Unsolved Mysteries - A Complete Research Unit
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