Mysteries in the Library…
It’s official! My Spring 2012 literacy event is Mystery Night at the Library! I have already chosen several mystery themed books and series for the literacy stations including The Cam Jansen mystery series, Judy Moody Girl Detective, The Box Car Children, Ace Lacewing Bug Detective, and many more! Students will rotate through stations in the library where they will solve all kinds of mysteries related to the book titles. I’m already in search of disappearing ink and other decoding devices to make this year’s event one to remember! I’m trying to design five stations for students in grades K-2 and five stations for students in grades 3-5. For example, at the Olivia and the Missing Toy station students reach into a mystery box and guess by feel what toy is inside the box. There will be a picture of the actual toy on the bottom of the box so students can check to see if they guessed correctly. I am also going to write mystery stories with my fourth grade students prior to Mystery Night at the Library. I’ll set up an open microphone and students who choose to participate may read their stories to a live audience. What fun!
Planning literacy events for students is so much fun, and watching the children and their parents enjoy the events is extremely rewarding. My mission this year is to plan an exciting literacy night that will encourage students to read mystery books. This genre has recently been overshadowed by other popular genres (at least in my library) and I would like the children to discover how much fun it is to read a good mystery!
If you have ideas for mystery books or mystery stations, please let me know!