Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's Elementary My Dear Watson

Our class is going to turn into a group of detectives!   My higher reading group is finishing up a book study on Magic Tree House: Tonight on the Titanic.  We've had a great time reading and discussing it together!  Next up?  A mystery!  I haven't quite decided on one that I think will work form them.  It all depends on whether or not I have access to a set of books.

To go along with it, I created a Detectives Book Club packet {clipart courtesy of Ashley Hughes}!  The best part is that it works with any mystery book!

Check out what's inside!

Bookmarks for their books that allow them to write down what pages they are supposed to read before the next book club meeting.
A briefcase to carry their notebook -'s top secret!

There are name badges for your detectives to wear.

A poster (with movable clock hands) to announce the meeting time!

A detective's notebook with lots of pages to record their thinking as they read and discuss the book.

I recommend keeping everything in a manila envelope or folder so it doesn't get lost!

Interested??  Check it out in my stores:


Want to win a copy?  Leave me a comment with your favorite children's mystery book.  I'll randomly choose a winner by midnight tonight!


  1. I love all the A-Z Mystery books!

  2. Encyclopedia Brown series! I loved them when I was in elementary school, an my students still love them!

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  3. I have really enjoyed reading the Calendar Mysteries to my second graders! They have a book for almost all of the months. I use them as my read-alouds during snack time and each chapter leaves the kids in suspense as to what will happen next! Your detective book club pack looks great! I was planning on starting something similar in a couple of weeks! I have my kids broken into three groups and they will each be reading a different mystery book and doing book clubs with each other. This would be perfect!


  4. This unit looks great! I'd have to say the Nate the Great books are my favorite children's mysteries. My kiddos love them too! :)

  5. I love everything Cam Jansen and so do my students! Your pack is perfect and would really enhance my classroom. I just found your blog today and am super excited! Stop by and check out my blog when you get a chance.

    Lucky In Learning

  6. I love all Cam Jansen books!!! I love your pack! What a great idea.

    Grade 2 Happenings

  7. Love A to Z mystery books!

  8. I loved the Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid!

    Christina :)
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  9. My favorite mystery series is Cam Jansen. This looks great!

    Swimming into Second

  10. Love this packet. Cam Jansen is my favorite to use in class. My personal favorites as a kid were Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

  11. Cute! My kids love mysteries! I even have one that even makes the "dum, dum, dum" sound whenever he hears a particularly interesting clue or whatnot. I love Cam Jansen/Young Cam Jansen for my lower and average readers and A to Z Mysteries for my higher readers.

  12. Love these! We are starting a mystery unit shortly after Valentine's Day. I wrote a grant for the Mystery Festival unit that the fabulous Amanda Madden wrote about. I think that my kids will really dig it. I love your resource! Super cute!

    ❁ Kate
    Purely Paperless

  13. Love Nancy Drew!

  14. This looks so cute! Love it Sarah!

  15. My second graders love the Calendar Mysteries.

  16. I used to love Encyclopedia Brown books! I don't see them as much these days, so we have A-Z Mysteries in our room.

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  17. 39 Clues are my favorite mysteries!
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  18. My favorite mysteries as a child were From the Mixed Up Cases of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler and The Westing Game. duerd at captigers dot com


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