Unit 2: Super Sherlocks: Solving One-Hour Mysteries
A Study in Logic, Lateral Thinking and Deductive Reasoning
Introduction: Students will become detectives by discovering "Who Done It" in various situations including 5 crimes from the book "One Hour Mysteries" by Mary Ann Carr. They will investigate suspects, their alibis and motives, in addition to a variety of other clues. Each clue will provide evidence necessary to eliminate the suspects one by one until the guilty culprit is found. In addition to using deductive reasoning skills, the students will take notes, organize data, and analyze evidence in a classroom "forensic lab." In the end, students will create their own mysteries and lead the class in solving it.
November 5: A Mystery at the Mall
This week, students used deductive reasoning and logical thinking to connect a series of clues together to help Mrs. Annadale Wink discover which of her students stole the 3ft. in diameter cookie that she bought for her 5th period class. After figuring out which 4 suspects had no alibi, students were able to figure out which students had the time to commit the crime, the height and description of the culprit. They finally had to compare their information to eye-witnesses to determine which of the 4 suspects must be guilty.
November 19: The Case of Santa's Blackmail
December 3: Write a Mistery
November 12: The Coaster Caper
November 26: No class (Thanksgiving)
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.