Mystery Unit


School has been flying and I keep praying that next year will be so much easier with all the work I’m putting in now.

Our district uses Lucy Calkins for reading and writing workshop. I’m not sold.

I think that Lucy has some great lessons but there are a lot of “fluff” lessons that do not explicitly teach the Common Core Standards. I have spent time looking through them and trying to align them and when I failed to succeed I went hunting for a plan that would work. I will definitely still pull some of Lucy’s lessons to tie into my units but Lucy is not the end all be all for teaching. Unfortunately there are several people in our district that think this way. My teaching style is NOTHING close to Lucy Calkins.

So, while I’m on my two week intersession break (Remember, I teach at a year round school) I have been  mapping out what the rest of the school year will look like in my classroom. For the last two weeks of October we will be doing a mystery unit that I am SUPER DUPER excited about.

I will be covering these reading standards: 3.RL.1 and 3.RL.9.

I really think the kids are going to enjoy it.

I pulled ideas from several resources to come up with this fun unit. I’m using a lot of Beth Newingham’s Mystery unit on Scholastic. I’m also getting some ideas from Amanda Madden at Teaching Maddeness.

The students will listen to me read aloud two different mystery books (same author, same characters) and we will compare and contrast the setting, theme, and plots.

The students will get to be a part of a detective duo (reading partners) where they read a mystery book together that is on their level. At the end of the 2 weeks the students will present a news report telling the class all about the solved mystery.

The students will also be reading a mystery book at home with their parents and will complete a story skeleton to bring in. :)

I am so excited!

Did I mention that I was excited?! I’m going to try to remember to take pictures and do a blog post when we are all finished with the unit. After the mystery unit we will do a characters unit on Sarah, Plain, and Tall during November.

Stick around because I hope to try to blog about all of these fun things! :)