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Something's Fishy at Lake Iwannafisha

A Whodunit Forensic Mystery

Grades: 5-9

Critical Thinking

Grades: 5-9

Critical Thinking

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Students work as police detectives individually, or in small teams, to solve this fun and engaging crime mystery. Students begin by learning about different types of forensic evidence such as fingerprints, ballistics, handwriting, and more. Using witnesses' statements, police reports, and forensic evidence lab reports, students must apply their critical thinking skills and forensic knowledge to solve this case. As with any investigation, students will need to make inferences and deal with the reality that not all loose ends can be tied up.

Students determine the path of their investigation. Will they ask their police supervisor (teacher or parent) to see a specific witness statement? If so, they will need to determine which information from the statement will be helpful to the investigation. Does the information lead them to another clue? Could the witness really be a suspect? Does this person have an alibi? Do they ask for a Ballistics, Fingerprint, or Handwriting Report? These preliminary reports require students to use their forensic knowledge to analyze the information in the report, draw conclusions based on the content in the preliminary report, and record their findings in a final lab report. Their conclusions on the final reports will point them in the direction of the guilty parties.

Product Details

Item#: 12101GBP
Author(s): Karen K. Schulz
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Instruction/Answer Guide
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-938-2
Pages: 144, perforated


Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2018

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"Did this with a group of homeschool students and we all had a blast! The kids are hoping the author is working on another one!" - Shanlew, Virginia
"I did this with a group of homeschoolers and it was fantastic! The kids AND parents LOVED it. I lasted longer than we expected but no one complained. The youngest kids gave out, but the teens had a blast and have asked for MORE! Hope more books like this are published!" - Shanlew, Virginia
"Teachers seeking to actively and enthusiastically engage students in the learning process will be delighted by the ease with which this highly entertaining crime mystery simulation accomplishes that goal. Kids happily take on the role of police detectives trying to get to the bottom of this carefully crafted crime scenario. Working individually or in small teams, sleuthing students throw themselves into gathering information, observing, assessing, questioning, comparing, drawing inferences, and deducing their way towards solutions rooted in logic. Along the way, they also learn a good deal about various types of forensic evidence (fingerprints, ballistics, handwriting, and more) while using witnesses' statements, police reports, and lab reports to form and corroborate theories and conclusions. From cover to cover, Something's Fishy at Lake Iwannafisha is filled with easy-to-use tools and resources that lend this in-depth learning experience the immersive and rewarding feel of an exciting, real-life adventure." - Tillywig Brain Child Award Review,
"I was able to observe these activities in action with many classes at different levels. Kids were PUMPED and primed to learn and explore! Well worth your efforts!!!" - Mr. L, Wildwood, MO