Help solve the Mystery
This worksheet is designed to help children look for the real "mystery" or dilemma of the plot as well as clues in the book they are reading. Children are also encouraged to figure out the importance or significance of the clues they find.
The perfect book to use with this worksheet is Peabody's First Case by Ruth Thomson. The clues are easy to pick out, and readers can also have a bit of fun spotting the clues in hide and seek type illustrations. Children up to grades 5-6 can appreciate this book, although grade 1-2 learners could also find it a hoot with a bit of support from mom or dad, if needed. If you are in need of a reference poster to accompany this worksheet try our Mystery Books Literary Genre poster.
Looking for suggestions for mystery stories?
Here are some of our family favorites which we have used over the years.
[K-2] Inspector Hopper series by Doug Cushman; A grasshopper and his bug sidekick find and solve mysteries in a garden habitat. This is part of the I Can Read book series.
[1-3] Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat; A young boy solves adventures in his neighborhood in true super sleuth style.
[3-6] The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner; Four children who once lived in a train boxcar, have adventures together making simple discoveries.
[3-6] The Bobbsey Twins series by Laura Lee Hope (Classic Edition); Four children, Bert and Nan, Freddie and Flossie, have great adventures in a variety of locations solving mysteries and having fun. This is a wonderful classic series from the 1960s.
We hope that these books and resources will help bring a love of reading to your learner.
Focus: Mystery literary genre
Theme: Finding clues when reading a mystery story