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Students with word detective badges
Emily Kutz, Lower School Intern

Students were challenged to use new strategies to tackle tricky words and monitor their reading. They learned to notice and solve problems while reading texts which translates into their writing skillset. Each day, they received a top-secret message with a  challenge from the Super Secret Detective Agency.  

Over the past few weeks, first graders have been challenged with a new mission to grow their literacy skillset. Each day, they received a top-secret message with a  challenge from the Super Secret Detective Agency.  These challenges helped develop students' detective skills to make them more confident in their reading while also giving them the opportunity to construct their own learning. 

Students were challenged to use new strategies to tackle tricky words and monitor their reading. They learned to notice and solve problems while reading texts which translates into their writing skillset. They also solved different mysteries such as ¨The Case of the Silent E¨ to become more adept in letter-sound correspondence. 

Students enjoyed cracking the mysteries and receiving special messages from the Super Secret Detective Agency. They worked hard as a team to be detectives and better understand strategies to help them become more fluent and confident readers.  At the end of their detective adventures, they all received a special badge to commemorate their hard work.  As they move forward in their literacy work this year, they will be able to look back on the mysteries they solved during this unit to help them crack the code of reading and writing more advanced texts.