Mysteries of our Past
Students investigate traditions and mysteries about cultures from the past. They explore books, artworks and pictures containing ancient mysteries such as Stonehenge. Students share stories and morals from the books.
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Mystery Vocabulary Application
Clue, evidence, red herring, witness. Ah, the mystery of mystery vocabulary. Kids investigate the meaning of a list of terms and then find examples of this specialized vocabulary in two short stories. The seventh in a 10-lesson series.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies
Here's a resource that deserves a place in your curriculum library, whether or not your school has adopted the Common Core. Designed for middle and high school language arts classes, the packet is packed with teaching tips, materials,...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Cold Case Files: Solving the Mystery of the Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials provide a perfect opportunity to connect English language arts and US history classes. Here's a resource that provides a wealth of essential questions, activities, and materials. Class groups assume the role of...
5th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Magical Musical Tour: Using Lyrics to Teach Literary Elements
Language arts learners don't need a lecture about poetry; they listen to poetry every day on the radio! Apply skills from literary analysis to famous songs and beautiful lyrics with a instructional activity about literary devices. As...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mysterious Plot Problems
Students solve 3 riddles given by the teacher and discuss how solving a mystery is like solving a riddle. In this language arts lesson, students watch as the teacher records problems in a detective story. Students record questions...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
With Detective Fiction in the Urban Classroom
This abstract for an instructional unit using three-minute mysteries, stories by Sir Arthur Canon Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe includes a short history of detective fiction, sample plans, and suggestions for exercises and activities...
6th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable