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Old 12-22-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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I am looking for suggestions for 4th grade level mystery books, and about a 2-3 grade level mystery books to do with my guided reading groups. Any suggestions?


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These are the books I use in my mystery unit. I use them for small book club discussions.

The Mystery of the Dark Lighthouse
The Dollhouse Murders (most kids really like this one, because it's a bit creepy! )
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? (used for lower level readers)
The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse (Great humor for higher level thinkers! My group this year has LOVED them and want me to buy more in the series)

Okay, there are a few more, but I'm going blank! If I can think of them, I'll send them to you.

Oh, my kids typically love the Encyclopedia Brown series. They like having the ability to try and figure it out on their own before they read the solution in the back.
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Old 12-22-2008, 12:46 PM
 
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In third grade I use the Nate the Great and Olivia Sharp series for my low readers. Then I use Cam Jansen and Jigsaw Jones series for my middle readers. My higher group reads Boxcar Children. I don't know if any of these will help you. Also check out Chasing Vermeer. It is a great mystery with a math connection. Might make a good mystery to read aloud in fourth.
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Old 12-22-2008, 01:15 PM
 
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My fourth graders just finished Howliday Inn by James Howe. I read it aloud and they worked on comprehension questions throughout the chapters.
They LOVED it! They asked me to read the next book in the series to them. I think I may surprise them

When we return in January, my lower guided reading groups will be reading Cam Jansen or Jigsaw Jones mystery novels.
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:35 AM
 
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Here's mine:
Literature Circle Mystery Selections


Level Title
N Clue Jr. The Case of the Chocolate Fingerprints
by Parker C. Hinter

N Clue Jr. The Case of the Secret Message
by Parker C. Hinter

N A-Z Mysteries series

O The Boxcar Children-The Hurricane Mystery (118 pgs.)
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

O The Boxcar Children-The Yellow House Mystery
by Gertrude Chandler Warner

P Mystery On October Road by J. Hertzig

Q Bunnicula ( 98 pgs.) by James & Deborah Howe

R Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

S From the Mixed Up Files of Ms. Basil E. Frankenweiler
by Konisburg

***also, look into Beth Newingham's wonderful Mystery Unit on her website-lots of cool printables!


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My better readers loved the Herculeah Jones series.
The Boxcar Children books were good for my lower readers.
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Mystery Unit - lit circle
Old 12-29-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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I kick off a fourth grade mystery unit reading aloud a fun picture book "The Night I Followed the Dog" by Nina Laden. We do some fun activities as a spin off - writing alternate dog adventures, designing a better dog house than the one in the book, making word pictures like the ones in the book, etc.

For the literature circle - I offer the following mystery novels for 4th grade readers- they self select but I have worked in reading levels in the choices unbeknownst to them ;-):
higher levels:From the Mixed up Files..., Rats of NIMH
average level: The Egypt Game, The Mystery of the Chicago Dinosaurs
lower level: Who Stole the Wizard of OZ

The study runs for about 6 weeks, and the groups are made by book choice from a secret self select ballot. There are weekly club meetings, and quizzes. A project is the final "test" and is usually from a menu of choices that incorporates all the learning styles.

Of all the literature circles we do (Fantasy, Adventure, Mystery) the favorite each year seems to be the mystery unit!
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:55 AM
 
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My lower level students LOVE these books. There are so many in the series- I believe the one that we just got done reading was the Mystery of the Lost Treasure or something to that effect.
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Carole Marsh Mysteries
Old 12-31-2008, 06:36 AM
 
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This fantastic Georgia Author uses real historical settings which is very educational and cross curricular (social studies, science...). What is so amazing is that she selects some of the characters in her mysteries from a contest featured in the back of each book. Children can enter and she selects and works a few of the characters in her stories from winners of the contests. Kids love this, as well as her stories. She came to our school once and did a book talk and mini workshop with 4th - 5th graders. It was fantastic. Try and work one of her books into your literature circle as a choice for a mystery unit. There are so many...The Mystery of the Chicago Dinosaurs (takes place in Chicago and involves all of the downtown sites) There are so many titles to choose from. You could just do an author study and use 3 or 4 of her books in your reading unit. They will love it. P.S. I don't work for Carole Marsh! hahaha
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