Unsolved Mysteries Project by ECSDM
Intermediate, 6th Grade
Students research an unsolved mystery by using the Internet as a resource. After learning the facts and theories surrounding the mystery, they create a poster that presents both information and their opinion.
- To take notes on a topic using Internet websites
- To distinguish between fact and opinion
- To use reasoned judgment to determine the validity of information
- To write a conclusion that reflects reasoned judgment
- To create a visually appealing poster
- Review fact and opinion.
- Record definitions on the SMART Board by erasing the white are under each term.
- Discuss the meaning of reasoned judgment.
- Show students a list of unsolved mysteries.
- Using the Internet site, go over the brief summary of each topic.
- Students select a topic, and organize their note taking paper into main idea categories appropriate to their topic such as description, facts, events, sightings, and theories.
- Students take notes.
- Go over the process involved in forming a reasoned judgment.
- Model a sample conclusion using the topic of crop circles.
- Show students a model poster.
- Students create their poster to show the facts, theories, and their conclusion about the mystery.
This lesson was designed to be used with a SMART Board. The PDF file has been included as well.Mysteries Project for Smart NotebookMysteries Project.pdf
The grading rubric is included with the project.Unsolved Mysteries Poster's grading rubric.doc
The introduction and research component on the project should take five 45-minute periods. The poster, itself , was completed by students at home.