Mystery Read-Alouds

We are coming to the end of our mystery unit. You’ve done a great job listening, thinking and jotting about the:

  • crime solvers
  • suspects
  • clues
  • red herrings
  • favorite/surprising parts

I am wondering, which read aloud did you like better? Absent Author or The Diamond Mystery. Why? Make sure you write details to explain your answer.

Genre Reflection

In 3M we read many different types of books. However, we have concentrated this fall on two specific genres.


Thinking about the two different genres, Mystery (fiction) and Non-Fiction, I want you to write a paragraph answering the following:

  • Which genre do you enjoy reading more? 
  • Why? Include examples from your experiences.

Write your answer in complete sentences.

Mystery Summaries

Tonight please continue to read your either your new mystery book or your one from last night. Remember to complete the map from last night.

On YOUR OWN BLOG today  please post an “Almost Summary” of one of the mystery books you have read this week. When I say an “almost summary,” I mean that you should tell the story without giving away the ending. You can choose to write it directly into YOUR OWN BLOG, or copy it from a Google Doc.

Please include the detectives, the mystery or crime, the suspects, and any clues you found along the way. 


Example “Almost Summary”:

In the A to Z Mystery, The Absent Author, Dink and his friends are excited about the arrival of a famous children’s book author, Wallis Wallace.  When they arrive at the book store for the book signing, Wallis Wallace is not there. They find a letter that was sent to Dink by the author and it says, “short of being kidnapped, nothing will stop me from coming!” Dink and his friends then meet up with Mavis, another fan of Wallis Wallace and go on a search for the absent author. The first suspect is Mr. Pasky, the book store owner, as he is appearing very nervous at the signing. 

They find his itinerary and begin to go along the trail to retrace Wallis Wallace’s steps, including the airport, taxi stand, and hotel. The taxi driver becomes a suspect when they check in with her, wondering if she ever brought him from the airport in the first place. When they search the hotel register, they find out that two hotel rooms have been reserved right next to each other, and after talking to a hotel maid, the room that has been signed out in Wallis Wallace’s name has not been used. 

Mystery Clubs Continued

Hi 3M! Tonight for homework I want you to complete the following tasks:

  1. Finish reading your book club mystery book
  2. If you are finished, please add to the Padlet of your group to answer any questions that are left unanswered.  You also should add what happened in the end and any questions you may be left with. I can’t wait to see how your mysteries ended!

Please make sure you bring your book to school tomorrow, as we will be switching books. 

Mini Mystery Book Clubs

Hi 3M Sleuths!

Today you were given your mini-mystery book as well as your partners/groups. In class and tonight for homework record your jots and open-ended questions to your group on the Padlet for your book. Remember, a pladlet is just like a post-it, but one that your whole group can see!

Remember a jot can be:

  • A clue
  • A new suspect
  • Another noticing
  • A prediction
  • A wondering

*use text evidence

Remember open-ended questions invite conversation and need more than a one word answer.


  • Why do you think _______ would do that?
  • Have you ever felt that way before?
  • What was your favorite part of the story you read tonight
  • Did you expect that ending? Why or why not?

Ghostly Mystery

Dinosaur Bones

Corn Popper

Haunted House

Zoo Crew

Class Clown

Golden Key

Class Read-Aloud: Absent Author



As we talked about today, we will be starting a new reading unit on Mysteries.

Learn some more about the genre in this short video.

Today on this blog please comment by telling me about a great Mystery book you have read. Or maybe a favorite movie you have seen that was a mystery.

Make sure to comment on:

  1. Who was the main detective(s)?
  2. What was the crime/mystery?
  3. Who were the suspects?
  4. Do you remember any clues?
  5. How did the mystery end or get solved?