Sunday, April 19, 2015

Secret Agent Man Love

I have always secretly wanted to be a spy.

You can imagine my thrill at discovering this new (to me!) Splat the Cat book, actually published in 2012.

This ADORABLE book has everything a first grade mystery reader craves.

 ONE, a crime! Missing duck decoys that are returned minus their 

TWO, a criminal, identified by Splat as "Mr. Nobody". WHO IS HE?

THREE, a brave and cunning cat who dares to transform himself into Secret Agent 003 1/2.....Splat himself!

FOUR, a trusty sidekick, Seymour the mouse, AKA code name "S".

FIVE, a spy kit and a secret plan to trap youknowwho! 

Your readers will find this a real page-turner as they try to discover the identity of Mr. Nobody. 

If they are anything like me, they will eventually graduate to Agatha Christie novels! Everyone loves a mystery!

The end papers of the book include a "Duck Code" which will be great fun for your students to use to create their own secret messages. This illustration is one I found at this link

Also, there is a free Secret Agent Activity Booklet available here

It's so important to set the mood with the right music! Watch this cute little video and see the ideas come tumbling out of your students for any and all writing topics related to secret agents!

Wouldn't it be great to have a Secret Password of the Day? Before the kiddos run out to lunch, recess, or out to the bus at the end of the day, they have to know the Secret Password! Identify this word at your Morning Meeting...hopefully it is posted on your interactive vocabulary wall. This is a great way to keep your children listening too!  

I'm creating a list of favorite mystery books by grade level...please send me yours! 

Till next time,

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