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Brief DescriptionCombine language arts and forensic science activities for an effective elementary unit on mysteries.
Keywordsmystery, writing, detective
In her unit Whodunnit?, Susan Seagraves presents several activities that she uses to create an effective and entertaining learning experience about mysteries. The language arts activities begin with mystery reading and end with students writing original mystery stories and binding them as books. There are also many forensic science activities such as making lip prints and shoe prints that require various simple materials.
Seagraves uses rubrics to evaluate the science activities and monitors class participation in the other activities. She evaluates the writing activities by examining the elaboration of sentences and ideas, originality of the story, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Lesson Plan Source
LANGUAGE ARTS: English
NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NS.K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
NS.K-4.7 History and Nature of Science
NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
NS.5-8.2 Physical Science
NS.5-8.7 History and Nature of Science
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Originally published 02/14/2003
Last updated 10/07/2010