Be a Problem Detective!

Recently, my students became members of The Problem Detectives Club (which was just KIND OF a big deal in my class!). This means they are now EXPERTS at identifying problems and coming up with solutions to those problems. Woo hoo! As they entered the classroom in the morning, they received a Top Secret envelope from The Problem Detectives! This immediately piqued their interest!


Up on the board was this little “Wanted” poster and a letter from The Problem Detectives! imageimage After my students shouted, “YES! WE WANT TO BE A PART OF THE PROBLEM DETECTIVES CLUB!” I allowed them to open their Top Secret envelopes and begin their detective work!


Students had to read each case file, identify the problem, and come up with a possible solution to the problem. They did a fantastic job! After they wrote down their “observations,” we shipped the envelopes back to The Problem Detectives Headquarters to be looked over.


Of course, The Problem Detectives APPROVED of my kiddos awesome detective work and each student received a very special Certificate of Membership to the club. image They also worked together to complete some fun extension activities! They LOVED reading each mini-story and identifying the problems/solutions.  image image If you’d like your students to become members of the club, grab this little packet at my TPT shop! I provided you with the objective, step-by-step procedures, and the extension for easy planning! image Slide1 In this packet you will find:
-Step-by-Step Lesson Plan (with objective)
-Problem and Solution Explanation Posters
-Problem and Solution Book Suggestions and Correlating Worksheets/Graphic Organizers
-“Wanted” Poster (explaining how to become a member of the club)
-A Special Letter from “The Problem Detectives”
-4 Unique Case Files (each case has a different problem)
-Observation Recording Sheets (where students record the problem and solution)
-Extension Activities (additional case files, write about your own problem/solution, match the problem to the solution)

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  • Sarah March 5, 2013, 3:22 am

    This is ADORABLE! I am teaching realistic fiction right now and these are perfect scenarios for the kiddos to start with!

    So cute!
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  • Mrs Cupcake March 5, 2013, 3:33 am

    Oh, how fun!! I want to be a Problem Detective!
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  • Camille March 5, 2013, 5:43 am

    Love it! Great job!!

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  • Heather's Heart March 5, 2013, 11:36 am

    I love this idea! One of our classroom jobs is The Problem Solver. This will be a great addition to the activities we already do. You are so creative. =)

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  • Cindy Calenti March 5, 2013, 11:16 pm

    This is just too great. I'm ready to join the club!

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  • Natalie March 6, 2013, 3:22 am

    Can I be in your class, Ms. Kuster??? I wanna be a problem detective!

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    This is so adorable! I even bookmarked it so I remember it when (if!!!!) I find a teaching job! Thank you!