1. Learn about mysteries.
elves want to make sure that you know the proper format for mystery
writing, so they have requested that you do some research before
you write your story.
sites will provide you with information on basic elements of mysteries.
Print out the research guide (Microsoft
Word document) to help you gather and organize the information
Vocabulary - http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/lessonplans/vocab.worksheet.shtml
of a Mystery - http://www.teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/mystery/tips.htm
you have read through the information on both sites, take
a quick quiz to test your knowledge of mysteries.
2. Solve a mini-mystery.
site contains mini-mysteries that you can read and try to solve.
As you read the mystery, try to identify the elements of mysteries
that you learned about in the first two sites.
teacher will assign you to a team of four investigators. Each
of you will need to select a job:
out the Solving Mysteries Group Worksheet - http://www.mysterynet.com/learn/lessonplans/solving.worksheet.shtml
below and read the mini-mystery of the week. Fill out the Solving
Mysteries worksheet that you printed as you read the story. You
will share your process and results with the class when you are
the MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries – Solve-it Mystery
of the Week
3. Write your Christmas mystery.
you know the elements that make up a good mini-mystery and you
know how to solve them, it is time to write your story for Santa’s
the story guide (Microsoft Word document) to help in the planning
of your story, or create your own using Inspiration software.
you have completed the story guide, write your story. Follow the
same format as the Solve-it story, with the answer to the mystery
being a separate page. Be sure to include the title of the story
and your name. Make sure that your story has an interesting beginning,
contains a sleuth and suspects, and has a clue that will allow
your reader to solve the mystery. Also, make sure that in your
solution you explain the evidence that points to the culprit.
Be sure to go through all the steps in the writing
4. Put your mystery into multimedia form.
HyperStudio or PowerPoint, create a multimedia version of your
Christmas mystery for Santa. Make sure that you include a title
page with your name, pages for the story, and a separate page
with the solution to the mystery. Your presentation should include
graphics, sound, and animation that enhance the story.
sites contain graphics, sounds, and animations that you can use
in your projects. Make sure that you give credit to any sources
Domain Christmas Clipart
World - has lots of animated gifs, but be sure to turn your
sound off as the site has some annoying music playing on each
Clipart for Kids