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Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, written by Susan Hughes and illustrated by Michael Wandelmaier

The History Detectives website includes activities for kids to explore "history as mystery."

You put an item in the mystery bag and then have the kids take turns asking questions to try to narrow down the possibilities. It is great to develop deductive reasoning skills.

Mystery eggs. Inferring for Easter. Students put an item in their egg and write 3 clues to lead others to infer what's inside. Once all students have a chance to record their guesses we will crack them open before Easter break.

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Entire Pinboard of Photographs to use when working on Inference! This is awesome!

The ruins of the ancient Mycenaean town of Pavlopetri date back to the Neolithic period (2,800 BC), and unveil a cultural hub of ancient Greece. The submerged city was discovered three to four metres off the coast of southern Laconia, and has many intact buildings, courtyards, streets, chamber tombs and graves. Pavlopetri was believed to be a thriving harbour town and sheds light on many mysteries of the Mycenaean civilization.

Did a number of explorers discover the New World long before Christopher Columbus staked his claim in 1492? No less than a dozen cultures have tales of these adventurers woven into their histories, but they are noticeably absent in American history books. This documentary explores the possibility that the Chinese, Japanese, Polynesians, Norse, Welsh, Irish, Ancient Hebrews and the Solutreans all made it to the Americas earlier than Columbus. Rebuild the ships, trace the routes, test the artif...

the United States was saved by the most covert spy ring in US History, made up almost entirely of ordinary people. They were called the Culper Spy Ring. This group of code-named spies worked stealthily to steal secrets from the British, giving the Americans a heads up on surprise attacks and enemy troop movements. Watch Decoded: The Presidents Inner Circle, on the History Channel

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Every now and then, a researcher stumbles upon a historical enigma, an unproven rumor, a story with a puzzling outcome. Such encounters are an irresistible challenge for bestselling author Brad Meltzer, who unravels many mysteries in the History Channel's Brad Meltzer’s Decoded.

The Vikings (or Norsemen if you prefer) came from Scandanavia. Using their famed longships, they travelled as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, and as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland. The Viking Age encompasses the period roughly from 800 A.D. to 1200 A.D. and is a most important part of the medieval history of all of Europe and even the Americas. Some Vikings went westward (those from Norway) while others went eastward (those from Denmark and Swede...

The Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa. One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa (a playa is a dry lake bed). These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa, cutting a furrow in the sediment as they move. Some of these rocks weigh several hundred pounds. That makes the question: "How do they move?" a very challenging one.

The mystery of Chaco Canyon - native american history