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Wanted: Investigative Reporters to Predict and Solve Mysteries


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Listeners will predict who stole Grandpa’s teeth after investigating the evidence in Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement. Stop reading the story just after the mayor presents Grandpa with a new set of teeth. Ask students to write or explain orally whom they predict has stolen Grandpa’s Teeth and why they selected this character as the thief. Their explanations should also include supporting details from the story explaining why it is difficult to live without teeth. Students can empathize with Grandpa what a day would be like if they had no teeth in their mouths through oral discussion in peer literature circles or teacher directed discussion. Older students could create a problem/resolution web to organize their brainstorming ideas, then write a paragraph explaining what “a day without teeth” would be like and how they would cope. Students can then create Wanted Posters using appropriate vocabulary words as an extension activity to build vocabulary and stretch the imagination. This book is appropriate for grades Pre K – Grade 5.

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