Lesson Plans in Reading and Solving Mysteries

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Free lesson plan for 4th grade and up


Students will begin the process of learning to read critically, analyze information, and collaborate in a small group.


Academic: Reading, Problem Solving, Writing
Social: Group Collaboration

Materials needed

(per group): MysteryNet Solve-it (Internet access on one computer per group or one printed copy per student), the Solving Mysteries Group Worksheet

Class Instruction

Purpose: Drawing conclusions in solving the mystery
Problem scenario: Read mystery aloud. Discuss mystery and additional clues, vocabulary.

Small Group Directions:

Read mystery again. Use Worksheet. Discussion of small group etiquette: speaking softly, listening to each other, taking turns, and encouraging each other.

Teacher Evaluation

  • How did students respond to this activity?
  • Were the students able to analyze the mystery?
  • How did students collaborate in a group?
  • Was the group able to collaborate effectively in solving the mystery?


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