Research Mysteries (grades 4-8)
Sonoma Country Day School
Solve the mystery using library references
Materials and Preparation:
The Mysteries of Research by Sharron Cohen (or teacher
written mysteries). Reference resources such as dictionary,
encyclopedia, atlas, etc. or Internet access.
Teams of 2-3 students.
Students read the mystery and "statements"
from four suspects. They then check the facts in a suspect's
statement to determine who committed the crime and why.
Suspects are guilty if a student catches them in a lie
(that can be proved by research resources).
Solutions in the book.
Students could get to the stage whereby they write their
Comments or Variations:
My students LOVE this activity and beg for it for PAT.
I've found it works best with 6th or 7th graders and it's
a great way to have them see the value of and learn to
use printed resources. (I don't always allow them to use