Last year, I found that my students had a difficult time understanding observations and inferences, which they need to know in order to make scientific discoveries.
So this year I am going to turn them into Super Sleuths and see if that helps a little bit.
I think it will be a really fun lesson and hopefully they'll enjoy it while they learn!
I'm turning my students into Private Investigators for the day in order to solve three cases. I will divide the class into groups and have stations set up with one case at each station. The case scenarios will be posted at each station along with suspect cards and observation sheets for the students. Hopefully, the groups will make it to all three stations before the end of class.
The .pdf versions of each file are correctly formatted unlike the .doc files. However, the .doc files can be changed to fit your classroom's needs. Feel free to change anything you want!
It may be difficult for the students to figure out all the pieces to solving each case. For my students, figuring out each case is not necessarily going to be as important as understanding how to make observations and inferences. I've made an answer key with the cases solved as I see it. Certainly feel free to change anything to fit your students!
If you do this activity, leave me a comment because I'd love to hear how it goes in your classroom!