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How I used with my 6th Grade class (by C. Dutiel)
Curtis Dutiel - 12:21pm Feb 23, 1998 PST

Last year i used a couple of the Mysteries from THECASE.COM with my 6th grade class to teach a couple of things:

  • reading for details(clues)
  • Critical thinking/reasoning
  • Cooperative learning skills
  • analysis and synthesis

I did this by having the students read the myster to themselves and then read it aloud to them as they followed along. Then we would discuss some of the terms they may not have known or concepts that were new to them.Next, I would give them the questions and asked them to think about some possible answers. Sometimes I would give them the questions to take home as homework, (once they were to do it with their parents).

The nest day I put them into groups and had them discuss their answers within the group. After a litle bit of discussion, I would give them the clues and have a quick discussion as a class about them. Then the groups would work on a whole-group solution to the questions. Each group had to stand and give their soulution to the class, along with an explanation of how/why they reached their answers. I'd then give them my solution, and we'd check the answer online.

Several of the parents gave me positive feedback about this.. They wanted to know the solution, too. Several of the kids really got into it.

Rose Breslin Arsenault - 09:25am Jun 27, 1998 PST(#1 of 9)

I am looking for some great ideas from kids or teachers-for a mystery theme week -for one week of a 5 week summer school session with 7 boys entering grade 4,5,and 6. thinking along the lines of using this web site... reading to them, trivia, creating a board game,would love to do a modified mystery dinner party ...but no budget to work with so I cannot purchase a mystery dinner game. any ideas e mail me... thanks rose

Rose Breslin Arsenault - 09:27am Jun 27, 1998 PST(#2 of 9)

oops! it's rose again, email me at Thanks for your great ideas in advance.

shannon mink - 10:28am Sep 19, 1998 PST(#3 of 9)

I am a student teacher who is planning an interdisciplinary mystery unit. I am open to any ideas about how to teach mysteries; however, my current main focus is finding mystery plays for an end-of-the-unit performance. I particulary would like one that has a minimum of 14 characters or can be easily adapted to be such.

kris delfin - 09:41am Oct 20, 1999 PST(#4 of 9)

I am a student teacher and I am looking for a mystery play for 9-11th grade for an overall activity. If you have any lesson plan ideas that would be helpful too. thanks.


Glenn Nienaber - 04:18pm Feb 6, 2000 PST(#5 of 9)

I am a third grade teacher and use mysteries as a center activity. A group of students will read and then discuss their findings and then write the ending to the story in which they must use dialogue and the clues to tell me why they have come up with the person they have. One other thing I do is to award points for each correct solution. As the points add up they are promoted from sargent, secret agent, etc. until they get to insepctor.

Dawn Nelson - 10:30am Nov 11, 2000 PST(#6 of 9)

I teach a grade 3/4 split and am hoping to do a theme on mysteries/detectives starting next week. I would love to get some lesson plan ideas from other teachers who have done a similar theme. Please e-mail me with your suggestions

Mahabir Chandra - 06:09am Feb 5, 2003 PST(#7 of 9)

I am looking for some ideas to teach my sixth graders in the area of mysteries. Any suggestions please email me at thanks.

Ariana Abraham - 02:17am Mar 17, 2003 PST(#8 of 9)

I`m an ESL teacher.I would like to implement a mystery workshop in a summer camp (from 4 grade up to senior year)(intermediate level).And I though a mistery party would be great but I still don`t know how to go about it.I would appreciate mystery lessons as well as ideas on how to teach an enjoy mystery.Thank you!

Dwana Mues - 11:52am May 6, 2003 PST(#9 of 9)

I am planning a 4-5 th grade interdisiplinary unit on mysteries. We have used vocabulary, read mysteries, filmed a mysterious "easter chick kidnapping" with various teachers as suspects, and will then write a mystery. Ideas for math, science,language arts, art, etc, would be appreciated as we want to expand this next year. Please help!! Dwana

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