Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Few Clues

As a kid, I LOVED games.  Even now, I can't seem to get enough of them.  Most of the time, I try to pretend they don't exist because once I start playing, I can't stop!  You know those mystery games where you search for hidden objects?  Well, they take around eight to ten hours to beat.  I know this because once I start playing, I will play until I beat it.  Yes, I really do waste that much time playing a game and no, none of you need to ship kids my way.  I am content living in my little world.

Anyway, as a kid I always loved Clue.  I loved how you had mystery objects and you had to use all the information you had to try to figure out what happened.  Well, next week is Mystery Week in my classroom.  We are going to read a story called "How to be a Nature Detective".  We are also going to play several games where we have to match questions and answers, find mystery words around the room, and my favorite activity of all is we are going to go on a nature walk.  How does a nature walk have anything to do with finding clues or a Mystery Week?  Well, my little people are going to be given brown lunch bags and they are each going to find one thing to put in the bag.  I make a HUGE deal out of the fact that they want to keep what is in their bag a secret.  

After the nature walk, we go back to our classroom and we write about our objects without giving away what is in the bag.  I did this last year with my class and it went great.  This year, I decided to make it a little bit more interesting and completely developed the writing assignment.  Below are pictures of the packet.  If you like it, click on any of the pictures and it will take you to my TPT site.




There is very little prep work to do with this activity.  At the most it should only take you five to ten minutes.  Here are two pictures of how it looks when it is completed.



Anyway, this is the first of several writing activities I have planned over the next week or two.
Enjoy!





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