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loved the book
Old 07-09-2007, 07:35 AM
 

I used the Westing Game in sixth grade and the kids and I absolutely loved it. THis was part of the mystery genre study. We listened to Sherlock Holmes on audio, read Poe, did quick who done its, and wrote mysteries. We created clue books, the students listed the clues and made deductions about who did it. Since there are so many characters, I assigned one character to each child and they were responsible for listing traits and actions of their characters to the class. We made a giant board with all of their characters listed and illustrated. We continued to add things as we found out about each person. The predictions made using this book are great and we charted these on a bulletin board. After reading this, we watched Murder on the Orient Express and created venn diagrams on the two. The students then wrote Compare / contrast essays on the two.
I forget the other things we did. I now teach second. I am thinking of doing a mystery unit this year.

Good luck and enjoy.
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