Are you looking for interesting middle school mystery lessons for your students? Check out these engaging non-fiction articles about famous mysteries such as Who Was D.B. Cooper or The Loch Ness Monster. These lessons are perfect for days when several of your students are absent due to a school event or as entertaining lessons before a holiday break or the end of the year.
Students will love theorizing if mythical creatures exist or if D.B. Cooper and the Alcatraz escapees survived.
Each Lesson Contains:
- Lesson Plan
- Pre-Reading Activity
- A Non-Fiction Article Written At Two Different Reading Levels
- Mp3 Audio Files Of Each Article
- 3 Post-Reading Activities (comprehension questions, grammar questions, long answer writing) response
Students will learn about the mystery surrounding the only unsolved skyjacking in American history in this non-fiction article. In 1971, a man boarded an airplane and sent his demands to the FBI. He escaped with the ransom money and was never heard from again.
“My students LOVED reading the article! They were so engaged with the story which improved their answers.”
Students will learn about the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart (a well-known female aviator) in this non-fiction article.
My kids were highly engaged with this topic and it allowed for great conversation. I loved the leveled reading option as it allowed all my students to be successful!
Students will learn about Alcatraz, a former maximum-security prison, in this non-fiction article.
“This was a great way for me to introduce the novel I was about to read aloud to my students (based on Alcatraz). It gave the students information and plenty of ways to show their learning. The students were really engaged, especially my male students. It is not easy to engage male students in reading exercises so I was impressed. I have many products from this seller and they are amazing!”
Students will learn about the mystery behind Oak Island near Nova Scotia, Canada in this non-fiction article. Legends claim that pirates buried their treasure on the island.
“I’m using this with my current events unit. This article was engaging, and the follow-up activities worked perfectly with my plans. The students enjoyed the content material.”
Students will learn about the mysterious disappearances of ships and planes while passing through the Bermuda Triangle in this non-fiction article.
“My students found this article really engaging. There was lots of great discussion and questions. I would highly recommend this article.”
Students will learn about the mystery surrounding the Loch Ness Monster in this non-fiction article.
“Great resource – both digital and paper versions included – great questions, nonfiction reading, and activities. Appreciate that there is a colour version AND a printer friendly version!!”
Students will learn about the mystery behind Bigfoot, a huge creature said to live in the forests of Canada and the USA in this non-fiction article.
“I am using the Bigfoot portion with my class for [the] beginning of the year fun. We learn about Bigfoot and his cousin – Yeti. Connects to mindset – yet!”
Use these middle school mystery lessons to keep your students interested in learning and engaged in your lessons.