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    By SusanTeach

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    I read this with my 5th graders and we had a great time with it. I love the book! Here are a few things we did:

    1. Start off reading a 2 or 5 minute mystery to get their minds thinking (there are several books with those titles).

    2. As you're reading the book, each child creates a "detective notebook" where they take notes as each character or clue is discussed. They also enjoy drawing a picture of the characters.

    3. Discuss vocabulary like the other poster said.

    4. Make predictions at the end of each reading. They write down their prediction and check it each day.

    5. At the end of the book, let them create their own mysteries. Put them into groups of 2-3. Give each group a baggie with 3 clues in it. The clues have to be used in the story, even if they're just red herrings. I give them things pulled from my desk (paper clip, rubber band, etc...) and a small piece of paper with a few letters and numbers written on it. They make great stories!

    6. Rent or buy the movie Get a Clue. It's based on the book, but has many differences in it. We did comparing and contrasting.

    I think that's it - but it gives you some ideas. :)

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