The original Once Upon a Crime Reading Mystery Series follow a 'crack the code' format to reveal the clue. This has worked well for many students in many different classrooms. However, since no student or class is the same, recently I decided to develop a new structure that will give teachers the option to change the way these reading mysteries are delivered to best suit their students. In this post, I will explain this new
'B-Edition' structure and the new addition of word banks added to the original Once Upon a Crime Reading Packets.
In an original Once Upon a Crime Reading Mystery, the paper part structure follows these steps:
1. Read the passages
2. Answer the questions or solve the vocabulary puzzles by filling in the missing letters. (See sample image below). The missing letters match up with numbers in the boxes that will help crack a clue code.
3. Students must highlight the evidence in the text to show where they found their answers (see sample image below from the Haunting Hat).
This original format works well to help students develop spelling and comprehension skills. It also encourages students to find evidence in the text. Your students also receive instant feedback that their answers are correct since the clue message won't make sense if there are incorrect answers.
However, if you want the reading mystery questions and puzzles to require FULL answers instead of filling in the blanks. The NEW B-Edition alternate option may work better for you. This new structure is included with all of the original packets to buy in one purchase.
What is the New
A 21st century School Teacher, Mother, and Wife.
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