Mystery Reader

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  1. VANewbie

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    Would like to try it this year. Have never done it before. What do you do?
     
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    I've never done it either, but one of the 4th grade teachers did it a couple of years ago, and the kids loved it!

    She invited a parent or grandparent to come in and read. With the invite was a form for the mystery reader to fill out. Each reader gave 3-4 clues that went from really hard (something even their own kid wouldn't know) to something really easy. Jill would read the clues throughout the morning ending with the easy one right before the MR showed up.

    The MR could choose to bring a story to read or could read from whatever the class was currently listening.
     
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    Giving clues is a great idea. I wonder what the actual sheet looked like.
     
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    I don't know, but I'll ask her next time I talk to her!
     
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    Were the clues pertaining to the book or the person?
     
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    to the person. The kids didn't even know (usually) that their mom or dad or grandperson was coming.
     
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    This is something I really want to try. I'm sure I could go on vistaprint right now and figure out something to create for this.
    Maybe postcards or something.
     
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    We did it this past year - it was awesome. I plan on doing it again. I got the parent note off of ... what's that teacher's website? The one with all the book basket labels... I'm drawing a blank! Anyways, she has it available for download.
    I'd just reveal a clue a day. We'd sometimes use this time for interactive writing - writing who we thought the mystery reader was and also a great lesson on inferring - making them explain why they think it was such and such (evidence).
     
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    Oh Lynn don't leave me hanging like that!!!! lol

    Is it that Beth Newington site that everyone talks about?
     
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    I do it at the third grade level and the kids love it.I'm posting from my phone now, but will come back and add a link when I get on my computer
     
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    I did a version of mystery reader this year, and the kids and families loved it. I did a Treasure Reader. At the beginning of the year, each student got an empty little treasure chest I found online for super cheap. Once a week or so, I'd have a faculty member (specials teachers, admin, secretary, librarian, even a custodian!) or parent/grandparent come in and read a book. After the book, they would give each student a small (I mean really small!) token from the story. For example, to go with A Bad Case of the Stripes, they got a dried lima bean. To go with Spider and the Fly, they got little spider rings. The reader was responsible for finding the treasure to put in. They loved collecting them and we'd look back and talk about all the stories. They remembered them all! Just an idea... :)
     
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    That's a very cute idea!
     
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    Very cute idea with the treasure chest.
     
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    Yea I like that idea.
     

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