Poisoned Picnic

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A group of teachers attended a picnic; ten became sick and another four died. Young scholars must solve the mystery of what happened. They research the river, waste water treatment plant, each food that was served, and environmental factors to determine how to prevent future outbreaks. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have regular and damaged cans of food on a shelf, but don't point them out to class members
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity is a culmination of the first seven lessons, but it is best fitted for advanced students
  • If you are adapting it for your school and using the names of people in the building, be sure to let all included teachers know about the lesson
  • The final lesson in a series of nine
Pros

  • Includes sheets you can customize for your school and teachers
  • Activity is highly engaging and requires higher-level thinking skills
  • Provides step-by-step instructions for presenting the mystery and a grading rubric
Cons

  • None
Common Core