Get your students excited about writing by letting them make a
Mystery Story Notebook! Your download includes everything your students will need to help them write an amazing mystery! Students can make a mystery journal or notebook and will be begging to go to the writing center to write more! My students really enjoyed the Mystery Starter Cards, adding in fun clues to their mysteries, and filling in their fingerprint cards. They also became obsessed with reading mystery stories like Nate the Great and Cam Jansen, so they could become better at writing mysteries!
Pages 5 and 6 are a list of Mystery Words that you can encourage your students to use in their stories.
Page 7 is a Mystery Checklist that students can refer to when they need to check to see if they have included everything a good mystery story needs.
Page 8 is an Ideas for Mysteries List for students to use if they have trouble getting started with an idea of their own.
Pages 9 and 10 are a How to Write a Mystery flow chart and an example of a mystery story for students to use for extra support.
Page 11 is a Mysteries anchor chart that can be posted in the writing center area of your room.
Page 12 is a Mystery Planning Sheet that can be used for planning out a mystery.
Pages 13-15 contain 6 Mystery Starter Cards. These cards will give the students the characters, setting, problem, and clues to use in their story. These should be printed in color, laminated, and cut out for the best look and long term use.
Pages 16-21 are templates for students to publish their mysteries on. There are 3 different layouts to choose from.
Page 22 is a Mystery Quiz that students can take after reading each others mystery stories.
Page 23 and 24 is a clues & evidence, witness statement and fingerprint sheet that they kids can fill out for fun and add to their stories!
Pages 25 and 26 are a Self Evaluation and a Writing Rubric for the mystery story.
I hope your students enjoy writing their mystery stories! Have fun!- Naomi