What is an engaging way to practice and review letter names, letter sounds, and CVC words? By solving The Case of the Missing Letter, of course! Your detectives will be highly motivated to complete the differentiated literacy stations to find out which suspect took the letter Dd.
The Problem: The letter Dd is missing! Your detectives will work through several differentiated literacy stations to eliminate suspects and find out who took the letter Dd.
The Premise: At the end of each round, your detectives will open their Top Secret briefcase to reveal the Suspect Eliminator code breakers. Once solved, the code will eliminate one of the suspects until only one suspect remains. When the suspect is revealed, you will read a note to find out why the letter was taken and the treat that was left behind for solving the mystery.
✦ – Color-by-Code activity (distinguishing between letter names, beginning sounds, and short vowels)
✦ – actively matching letter names, letter sounds, beginning sounds, and ending sounds to printed letters
✦ – Write the Room activity (determining missing letters and writing them)
✦ – Sensory Bin (matching letter names to letter names, letter sounds to picture cards both beginning and ending sounds, phonetically writing words)
✦ – Write, Paint, and Reveal activity (tracing letters, writing beginning sounds, and writing CVC words)
This will be a learning-filled day that your students will never forget!
✓ Detailed directions for each station, classroom set up, and more!
✓ What to prep check-off list
✓ Resource sample photos and explanations
✓ Suspect posters
✓ Breaking News note to go home
✓ Evidence cards left by the suspects
✓ Detective badges
✓ Evidence tags to print
✓ Evidence tape to print
✓ Briefcase instructions and template
✓ Suspect Eliminator Code Breakers (EDITABLE versions available)
✓ Recording sheets for most stations
✓ Printable materials for most stations
You can go all out transform your classroom into a crime scene with evidence markers and crime scene tape everywhere, or you can keep it simple! It’s entirely up to you. You can do all of the centers or even just a few of them. We hope you and your students have a fun time solving the case! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.