Children love mysteries and books in a series. Authors seem to recognize this, and so we are seeing more series books coming out. Right off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few...Cam Jansen, The A-Z Mysteries, Nate the Great,The Magic Treehouse, and The Bailey School Kids.
In fact, studying this genre is also a nice way to build community since we, as teachers, can bring in those oldies, but goodies...Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Encyclopedia Brown.
This summer, one student I worked with discovered the new version of the Nancy Drew books. Recently, the Nancy Drew books have been revised to allow younger readers to grow up with them too. One parent of mine shared that it was a great way for she and her daughter to bond together and just share some special childhood memories. I love that because reading is associated with warm fuzzies!
With this unit, some pages are not book specific, so you could use them with other books. I've included pages for vocabulary, sequencing, story elements, and visualizing...just enough to hopefully make planning easy for you. Enjoy!
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