Sleuthing and Snooping: Real and Imagined Mystery Read-alouds
When the air turns cool and the leaves change color, many students begin to think about Halloween and spooky activities and stories. Capitalize on this interest in October with a focus on mysteries in your classroom. Students love puzzles and stories that challenge their thinking. There's an opportunity with this genre to learn some specialized vocabulary, a new story/text structure, to practice making inferences, and to synthesize information and make predictions. The mysteries theme can be expanded to include the content areas of math, science, and history as well. This month, Teachers First will provide you with some recommended books in this genre and some ideas for launching a study.
For middle elementary students