Great Chocolate Caper: A Mystery That Teaches Logic Skills

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Prufrock Press Inc., Jun 1, 2005 - Education - 64 pages
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Reginald Van Feisty, owner of the world famous chocolate factory, Dutch Delight Chocolates, is excited about his brand new recipe for chocolate. But, before he can manufacture even the first chocolate bar, the recipe is stolen! Have your students discover who stole Van Feisty's famous chocolate recipe and they'll not only be great detectives, they'll be masters of logical thinking. There are nine suspects, but which one is guilty? This mystery becomes a vehicle for teaching logical thinking. In solving the mystery, students will:
  • differentiate between valid conclusions and invalid assumptions,
  • use syllogisms to reach valid assumptions,
  • recognize false premises,
  • solve deductive matrix puzzles, and
  • decode a secret message.
Each logic puzzle presents clues that allow students to narrow the field of suspects to the one guilty person. Extra worksheets give you related deductive logic puzzles for extra practice. Kids will eat it up!
 

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I teach this every year! My students love it. Unfortunately since it is on line for use my students looked online to find out who did it. Clever third graders!

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This is a good and exiting mystery book to solve

Contents

Lesson Plans
5
Student Pages
12
Appendix
39
Certificate
60
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About the author (2005)

Mary Ann Carr began writing mysteries for kids to solve while teaching gifted students. Each of her mystery books are designed to develop critical thinking skills. She has taught grades 1-7, working with gifted children as a Gifted and Talented Education Resource teacher for 14 years. Prior to this experience, she worked in Richmond, VA, first as a classroom teacher then in a Chapter I program, teaching photography and video to struggling learners in the inner city. Carr was an educational consultant for 7 years, hired by school systems to conduct workshops in differentiation for classroom teachers. She holds a master's degree in curriculum development from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently teaches in the College of William and Mary's summer enrichment program. Carr recently retired as a resource teacher and lives on the Chesapeake Bay in a rural county in Virginia.

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