Sunday, August 23, 2009
Youths as Sleuths
Here's an idea I got from Peter Pappas at EdTeck.com. To stimulate students' critical thinking/problem-solving skills and to help foster cooperative learning, get students to solve a mystery.
I think this activity would work in English, History, Math, and Science classes. In English, students would be practicing "close reading" looking for specific clues and motives. In History, they'd learn how to find the causes of events, which is important to any social scientist. Math students, of course, would benefit from the problem-solving skills, and Science students could solve a DNA case.
(By the way, I personally would avoid murder mysteries because of the violence, but you can make that decision for yourself.)
Here are several mystery options for your students:
Bank Robbery Clues Amazing Mystery Unit for Elementary & here Play "Crack the Case" Interactive & Real-Life Investigation Game
Solve DNA case