Disguise glasses, secret files, investigation tape, and mysterious footprints. We've got a mystery on our hands! This calls for some help from some secret agents! Imagine turning your classroom into a fun, interactive spy headquarters that your students will never forget! Hello everyone, it's Chad here from the Male Kindergarten Teacher Blog! Today I am excited to share with you how I turned my classroom into a spy headquarters and how I used Ellison's puzzle dies to help solve a mystery! Let's grab our supplies and put the clues together to solve this mystery!
Create a personalized invitation to your students to solve a mystery! My popcorn machine in my classroom was missing on Thursday night. I sent these invitations home on Friday for the students to put together over the weekend. Use the SuperStar machine to die cut the printed invitation from card stock using Sizzix Bigz Die - Puzzle #3.
I created these personalized envelopes to send home with each student. Inside were the four puzzle pieces, a black piece of construction paper, and instructions for the parents.
On the day of the investigation, each child received a personalized Manila folder to collect all of their evidence. I created six, spy-related centers for my students to complete.
As the students completed each center, the students received a puzzle piece. After receiving each puzzle piece, the students were one step closer to finding out the culprit of the missing popcorn machine! I took a picture of my principal with my popcorn machine and used my Ellison SuperStar Machine to die cut the picture into six puzzle pieces using the Sizzix Bigz Die - Puzzle #1.
At the end of all six centers, my students received six puzzle pieces to put together. They worked together in groups to solve the mystery and found out who the culprit was. Their favorite part was taking a visit down to the principal's office to question the culprit! Why did our principal take our popcorn machine? She wanted to learn our popcorn words (sight words), of course!
This activity is sure to get your students excited about learning, and it is something they will remember and cherish for a lifetime!
For more information on this activity and turning your classroom into a spy headquarters, visit my blog.
Secret Agent Chad