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BLAST Elementary Thematic Program
Mysteries

(October and November 2005)

 

It's a Mystery!

What has happened? Who do you think did it? Students will follow clues, and learn what it takes to become a good detective! Fiction and nonfiction books are the basis for this mysterious program.
Recommended for grades K-1.

Fiction Books:

Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturges

Grandpa's Teeth Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement

Mystery at the Club Sandwich Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman

Miss Nelson is Missing Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

Informational Text:

Cookie Fun! Cookie Fun! by Judy Bastyra

Let's Make Cookies Let's Make Cookies by Mary Kill

Quick Standards:

1.6. A&B.-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

http://www.cookalotamus.com

All websites present great cooking ideas and recipes for kids of all ages!

 

Who Dunnit?!

This is the question! Students will use their detective skills to investigate the elements of a good mystery, and also solve a few tricky tales themselves! Both fiction and nonfiction books will be used to enjoy some good mysteries! Recommended for grades 2-3.

Fiction Books:

The Web Files The Web Files by Margie Palatini

Grandpa's Teeth Grandpa's Teeth by Rod Clement

Mystery at the Club Sandwich Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman

Miss Nelson is Missing Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall

Informational Text:

Where Fish Go In Winter and Answers to Other Great Mysteries Where Fish Go In Winter and Answers to Other Great Mysteries by Amy Goldman Koss

Quick Standards:

1.6. A&B.-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

margiepalatini.com

Activity:

Have students become real detectives and decorate a badge. Have them color the badge with fun colors of crayons and then color over it with a black crayon. Students can then scratch their name or designs out of the top layer of crayon with a pencil.

 

What's Really Going on Here?

Throughout this program students will be given the opportunity to investigate real life mysteries and decide for themselves, "What is really going on here?" Nonfiction books will be used to discover real life unsolved mysteries. Recommended for grades 4-5.

Fiction:

Mini Mysteries 20 Tricky Tales to Untangle Mini Mysteries 20 Tricky Tales to Untangle by Rick Walton

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Informational Text:

Where Fish Go In Winter and Answers to Other Great Mysteries Where Fish Go In Winter and Answers to Other Great Mysteries by Amy Goldman Koss

The Mysterious Times by Melissa Heckschler

The Mary Celeste An Unsolved Mystery From History The Mary Celeste An Unsolved Mystery From History by Jane Yolen

Mysteries of History Mysteries of History by Rober Stewart, Ph. D.

Bigfoot Bigfoot by Michael Burgan

The Loch Ness Monster The Loch Ness Monster by Terri Sievert

The Mystery of Crop Circles by Chris Oxlade

Lands of Mystery by Judith Herbst

PA Academic Standards:

1.6. A&B-Speaking and Listening

Websites:

 

Activity:

Students will complete the Mysterious Times newspaper activity provided by BLAST.