Writing Pin 2: Scene of the Crime Writing: Set up a fake crime scene.  Then have all the children to gather around and examine the scene of the crime.  After they have all looked at the crime scene have them return to their desk and tell them to write a story about what they thought happened.  This will make some interesting stories, but I would use this in only 4th or 5th grade.

set up a 'crime scene'-students draw inferences, writing project, and/or do some related forensic science experiments ~ love this idea. maybe not a crime scene for my kiddos but something similar

teaching inference anchor chart: You can also gather some old things from around your house and put them in a shoebox and have your class inference what kind of person your "neighbor" is!

Simply SWEET TEAching: The Great Garbage Mystery - Inference Introduction . so many versions of this; I like the graphic organizer at the bottom to wrap it up!

First chapter books for early readers ages 5-9: mystery books and detective stories Great for lower level readers in the upper grades too!

Super Sleuth Books for Early Readers

Great for grab bags or gifts for mystery/spy parties. First chapter books for early readers ages mystery books and detective stories

Using context clues in mysteries to teach drawing conclusions and making inferences

LA 4 LA 6 LA 24 LA 25 Using context clues in mysteries to teach drawing conclusions and making inferences

Mystery Writing (Hide an object in magnifying glass and close it. Students write about what they hid and other students try to guess based off the clues)

Mystery Writing (Hide an object in magnifying glass and close it. Students write about what they hid and other students try to guess based off the clues) Can use for descriptive writing

elements of mystery {anchor chart}

Ratios and Mysteries!

This actually ties in ratios to mystery elements. She begins a mini-unit on mysteries! You could use a read aloud mystery, and throw in some elements of mystery as well.

McElhinny's Center Stage: Mystery Unit Anchor Charts

Mystery Unit Anchor Chart -- turn into foldable to brainstorm for mystery stories

McElhinny's Center Stage: Mystery Unit Anchor Charts

Here are the anchor charts I will use during our Mystery Unit of study in Reading Workshop.

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