My incredible, high-energy, middle school students face daily learning and personal challenges. Most have been identified as learning disabled, ADHD, and many are English Language Learners. Students in my literacy support classes are selected because they have changed schools three or more times; read two to four grade levels below their assigned grade; and possess attendance, medical, and/or behavior issues that have prevented them from becoming accomplished and motivated readers and writers.
It is a daily challenge to keep them reading and writing, so I am always looking for ways to engage and motivate my learners.
The game kit includes items such as lock boxes, locks, reflection cards, invisible ink, UV lights, thumb drives, and more. The Platform Access allows unlimited access to over 500 learning games.
Student detectives will be divided into teams, where they will be challenged to use collaboration, critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to solve puzzles related to middle school literacy benchmarks to open a locked box and claim their prizes.
One of the games they will play is called "Detective Dan is on the Case". Clues will be left around the classroom. Student detectives will determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
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