I continued this genre by brainstorming books that are mysteries with my fourth graders. I pulled out my mystery book collections and had way more than I thought. Here are some of the series and books that I have in my library. I keep the collections in bins that are labeled with the series and I have one bin for miscellaneous mysteries.
Here are some series that are popular in my class:
I showed the children their" Case Files" and they were so excited about their new book reports. I wanted to model the project before sending it home so I chose the book "Who Stole the Wizard of Oz?" by Avi. It is a quick read aloud and has plenty of suspects and clues. We completed the packet as a class.
The children were so excited to get started on their own "Case Files" so I had the kids pick out a "Just Right Mystery Book." I allowed them to choose books from my classroom, the library or at home(they have to bring it in) Once I approved their book selections, I gave them their Case Files to take home. When I assign a home project, I always include a parent-sign off page. This helps with projects coming in on time.
Here are samples of my Case Files.
I got this idea from Beth Newingham's website. Please visit her site for all down-loadable sheets. They are posted under teacher resources. She is an amazing teacher and has a lot of great resources!!!!
Case File Cover
Ingredients for a Mystery
Coming Soon...A Month of Mysteries Part 3- Writing