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  • Item #: 011762
    ISBN: 9780152162801
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    This fictitious tale is set in Ancient Rome. Caius, Rufus, Antonius, Mucius, Flavius, Julius, and Publius are students in the finest grammar school in all of Rome. Only wealthy patricians can afford to send their sons to this school, so these seven are the entire class. One day Cauis begins to irritate Rufus, and Rufus retaliates by writing "Cauis is a dumbbell" on his writing tablet and hanging it up at the front of the classroom. This leads to a scuffle, which their teacher soon dissolves. Rufus is sent home, and the boys are subdued. The next day arrives with a string of mysteries. Neither Rufus nor Cauis come to school, but an even bigger problem is that the teacher isn't there! This has never happened before. The remaining students find him tied up in his closet, his house ransacked. It appears that the burglar took only some mathematic books, unimportant pictures, and Rufus's writing tablet. When the boys go to visit Rufus, they find the words "Cauis is a dumbbell" written in red paint on the temple wall. Rufus claims he is innocent and his handwriting was forged, but his classmates discover that he was out all night long, with no good alibi. Now Rufus has been arrested, and it's up to his six friends to find out who is behind all the mysteries before Rufus is punished for desecrating the temple!

  • Item #: 061539
    ISBN: 9780767512466
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  • Item #: 067463
    ISBN: 9780986189920
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    The Teacher’s Edition contains the student worksheets (with answers filled in),  plus two valuable appendices. One is a collection of literature and vocabulary games that will appeal to all learning styles. These can be incorporated into any book’s study. The other is a set of Supplemental Worksheets that can be used as assessments or for extra credit activities. Most are graphic organizers and focus on literary elements.

  • Item #: 067462
    ISBN: 9780980030297
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      The Student Workbook is composed of the reproducible (for families only) student worksheets

  • Item #: 025056
    ISBN: 9780753453087
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    For everyone silently bemoaning the fact that they feel too old for Where's Waldo, how about taking on a more academic challenge that's just as much fun… and maybe even a little more rewarding? The Museum of Art's security guard, Mr. Bassett, is calling on you. He has just received a tip the majority of the museum's prized collection of famous masterpieces have been replaced with very clever copies, and he is relying on YOU to find the fakes. As you journey through the "museum" of a book, you must compare the painting at the top portion of the book, you must carefully compare the painting hanging on the wall to the one found in the museum's "reference book," a separate book bound beneath the upper portion. You must find the right reference painting to the possible fake you are eyeballing, and with the help of the enclosed plastic magnifying glass viewer, determine if changes have been made to the original. And the work does not end there! You must find all of the changes made to the painting, as well as a mysterious symbol that will be present if the masterpiece has been copied. This symbol, along with the number of changes found in the copy will be able to tell you which forgery artist from your list of suspects is responsible for copying the masterpiece and stealing the original. At the end of the book, you can check your detective work against the answers, or just go ahead and accuse your suspects. As you scan the paintings for changes, you will be examining in great detail the works of Botticelli, Bruegel, Constable, Degas, Van Eyck, Gainsborough, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet, Morisot, Picasso, Rembrandt, Raphael, Seurat, Turner, Vermeer, and many more for a total of 34 masterpieces. The full-color reproductions of the masterpieces as well as the computer-generated graphic illustrations of the characters in the book lend realism and interest to the case. The reference book portion adds more educational value, providing a short write-up about each painting and the (original!) artist. A great tool to put a little fun in your art appreciation, which, at times can be a little less exciting than catching criminals. - Jess

  • Item #: 039513
    ISBN: 9781468308297
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      First published in Germany in 1929, this delightful children’s story begins with a short introduction of the main characters, then quickly delves into Emil’s adventures as he boards a train to visit his relatives in Berlin. While on the train, Emil’s money is stolen and he knows who is guilty. Emil acquires the help of other adventurous boys and they work together to retrieve the money. The author has a descriptive writing style that will keep children enthralled from beginning to end. (Page 101 contains a swear word that might be questionable for young readers). pb. 159 pgs. ~ Gina

  • Item #: 032226
    ISBN: 9780894558344
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    Critical Thinking Press has taken their excellent approach for improving subject-area skill and higher-order thinking skills and applied it to science in an effort to help students improve both their science knowledge AND thinking skills at the same time! The emphasis here is in helping students learn and understand science with a critical language arts slant so that they will learn to read science passages critically, and write full explanations of their thinking to reinforce their understanding. The book is divided into three units: physical science, life science, and earth science. Each unit contains over a dozen activities, each on a more specific sub-topic, and tied to national science standards. Each activity consists of a reading portion, and a question portion. The reading selection explains the concept in detail, with paragraphs separated and labeled by letter, and important vocabulary highlighted. The right-hand page features questions on the topic the student has just read about. Questions are presented in a variety of formats, including true/false, short answer (full-sentence responses), multiple-choice, graph questions, comparison/contrast and more. An answer key is included at the end of the book. The questions emphasize using "evidence" from the text, and really basing their answers on text evidence before choosing an answer. This helps reinforce what was read, and in many cases, requires the student to really think about their answer before giving it. This would be an excellent supplement to any science curriculum that will aid the student in really understanding concepts, where other workbooks may merely ask the student to regurgitate facts. I could even see using this alongside a full science curriculum, for added reasoning and critical thinking benefits! Currently, only the Beginning level is available, but we look for more levels to be available in the future. - Jess
  • Item #: 055343
    ISBN: 9780763658168
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    Feed your child's curiosity about the natural world around them with this gentle and informative book. The book features lovely watercolor illustrations of insects and their habitats. Kids are encouraged to follow ants to see where they live and to listen to sounds like buzzing bees and watch their movements. Looking under rocks is another chance to be an insect detective! This book is full of good information that answers questions little ones may have about creepy crawlies, like what those wiggly marks are on leaves (leaf miners), and how dragonflies lay eggs in water before changing into flying creatures (metamorphosis). Good for kids' vocabulary! 30 pgs, pb.~ Sara

  • Item #: 012081
    ISBN: 9780894558641
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  • Item #: 023838
    ISBN: 9781553379959
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    Subtitled "How Scientists Solved Six Real-Life Mysteries," this fascinating book examines news-worthy cases and discoveries that scientists were able to solve. While you may have already heard of several of these, you may not know about the work that went on "behind the scenes" to discover the answers. Each case is broken into short sections, divided by informative "extras," photos, illustrations, and suggested hands-on projects. The six mysteries include the case of Typhoid Mary, dying vultures in India, the "Ice Man" mummy found in the Alps, diamond exploration in Canada, the discovery of DNA, and the fate of Swissair Flight 111 which crashed in 1998. Because of the variety of mysteries included and their range in date from the early 1900's through today, readers will be able to appreciate the work of very different scientists and how scientific research has changed over time. 48 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 044065
    ISBN: 9781567923971
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    Put your sleuthing skills to the test with the 24 mysteries in this book. Each two-page spread contains a black and white illustration, a narrative setting the scene and explaining the mystery to be solved, and questions (some multiple choice and yes/no) to provide clues. The mysteries vary in difficulty, but all of them require analysis of both the text and the pictures to solve the mystery. A great way to sharpen your observation and visual discrimination skills! Solutions included. 78 pgs, pb. ~ Lisa

  • Item #: 021811
    ISBN: 9780894558023
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  • Item #: 021810
    ISBN: 9780894558030
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  • Item #: 017177
    ISBN: 9780316403498
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    Meet Nell Warne, a feisty 11-year-old girl with a penchant for sass and a mind for mysteries. The year is 1860, and though she has a basic education, she knows little in the art of "lady-like behavior." Through familial tragedy, she finds herself with no home to stay in and no family to call uponexcept for her severe, exacting Aunt Kate. Far from a perfect match, Kate Warne expects nothing less than hard-work from the quick-witted Nell, whothrough no fault of her ownoften lacks both tact and humility. Together, they work with the Pinkerton Detective Agency to track down criminals and bring them to justice.

    Based off the exploits of Kate Warne, the first female detective, this book brings some of her amazing tales to life while introducing a memorable (though fictitious) sidekick to draw young readers in. Several fictional plots regarding Nell's search for her best friend, the mysterious death of her father, and Nell and Kate's developing bond help humanize the dynamic characters. Action, humor, and excitement mark this excellent middle school detective novel suitable for all boys and girls with a heart for adventure and mystery! 346 pp. SC.

  • Item #: 035775
    ISBN: 9780544003262
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  • Item #: 060819
    ISBN: 9781601446497
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    Writing Detective Level One is a collection of 18 activities focused on investigative reporting. Students are given a short mystery story to analyze, with prompts to help them identify key points from the story: who, what, when, where, how, why. As they consider the elements of the story that help them answer these questions, they will be able to deduce or infer what actually happened. Their task from that point is to write a newspaper-style article that explains to other readers what occurred - keeping in mind that people reading their articles have not read the original story but still need all the details! Great practice for journalism and critical thinking. This workbook is consumable and reproducible for family use. Answers, including examples of finished articles, are included. – Zach
  • Item #: 060817
    ISBN: 9781601442420
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    Continuing the successful "detective" series from The Critical Thinking Company, the U.S. History Detective book can be used as a supplement to any history program, as a review course, or as a stand-alone text. The goal of this text is to encourage and develop critical thinking, analysis, and reading comprehension through the study of U.S. history. Book one covers the span from Colonial Times to the Reconstruction after the Civil War. Each lesson includes an informative text where each sentence is clearly numbered for easy reference. Colorful pictures, maps and timelines illustrate the text throughout. The question section in each lesson requires students to support their answers with specific references back to the text (hence the numbered sentences). This helps students get into the practice of providing supporting evidence for answers rather than relying simply on recall information. The various questions in each lesson will give students the opportunity to make inferences and draw conclusions based on their evaluation of the text, distinguish between fact and opinion, understand historical chronology, expand their vocabulary, link history with geography, and practice answering analytical essay questions. There are 65 lessons grouped into 9 sections. There are also more than 20 reviews throughout the book and answers to all lessons and reviews are included. This is a consumable book and permission is given to make copies for home or classroom use. – Zach
  • Item #: 034915
    ISBN: 9780894558436
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    The software version of Science Detective uses the same readings and questions, but in a more interactive format. Students will start their investigations at their "detective desk" in their virtual "office," complete the readings and activities on-screen, submit their answers for immediate feedback, and check their progress in an at-a-glance format. System requirements: Windows XP/2000/NT/98, 64 MB RAM, 800 x 600 res. Macintosh OS X, 128 MB RAM, 800 x 600 res.
  • Item #: 002147
    ISBN: 9780618196838
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  • Item #: 013037
    ISBN: 9780486412429
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    This volume contains eight suspenseful, exciting mysteries by Arthur Conan Doyle. Follow the adventures of everyone's favorite gumshoe in A Scandal in Bohemia, The Redheaded League, and The Adventure of the Speckled Band and five other intriguing tales. An Evergreen Classic. 199 pgs.

  • Item #: 026753
    ISBN: 9781601441447
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    Are you looking for a way to challenge your middle school students while your youngers are enjoying Story of the World (or another world history course)? Becoming a world history detective will do it! This course combines critical thinking and reading comprehension skills with your students' standards-based history studies (ancient and medieval history)! Covered skills are impressive for this grade level: using supporting evidence, drawing inferences and conclusions, distinguishing between facts and opinions, understanding chronology or sequence of events, use of vocabulary using context clues, geographical and concept maps, and timelines. There's even grade appropriate experience with college-level analytical essay questions. The worktext provides a passage to read followed by a series of questions - both multiple choice/short answer as well as short essay. A complete answer key is available in the back which includes sample essay answers that identify key points). Free bonus review lessons are available at criticalthinking.com/whd1). 362 pgs, pb ~ Janice

  • Item #: 046013
    ISBN: 9780974531571
    Retail: $25.00
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    Recently updated, the workbook edition provides students space to record responses to lesson exercises. Learn how to recognize bad reasoning and spot errors in others’ logic, and your own. The focus is on practical logic such as fallacies you might encounter in a newspaper. Learn to identify red herrings, circular reasoning, statistical fallacies, and propaganda. Each lesson presents several examples of poor reasoning (often illustrated by cartoons) and then provides a lengthy exercise set. Includes answer key and teaching tips for homeschoolers/private schools at authors’ website. Religiously neutral. Not reproducible. 262 pgs. sc.~ Anh/Deanne

  • Item #: 062621
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  • Item #: 067251
    ISBN: 9781784042776
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    Tap your inner detective with these 50 tales of intrigue. Unlike our other Whodunits, the mysteries in this book are divided into two levels. In the first level, the vignettes are shorter (3-5 pages) and straightforward, with one clue provided for mystery solving support. Once comfortable with these, tackle the second level mysteries. Longer scenarios, complicated events, and less clear evidence culminate to provide a greater challenge to your deduction skills. Additional clues are available at this level, but use selectively. There may be a few red herrings to test your tenacity. Worth mentioning, one noted use of profanity on pg. 56. A quick spot check did not reveal others, but be aware, there may be others. Includes comprehensive solutions. 304 pgs. ~ Deanne

  • Item #: 008089
    ISBN: 9780471119807
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    Detectives today are pretty dependent on science for digging further into evidence. All kinds of materials, from hair and blood, to fibers and bugs are sent to crime labs for further study, and often, a single clue can solve the case. With this book, kids can go "behind the scenes" in a crime lab, and learn all about different pieces of evidence and how they are studied, and how they can participate in their own way. Five chapters include forty experiments in areas including observation, investigating clues left at the scene of a crime, how chemistry and biology are used to analyze evidence, and how documents can help solve crimes. In the first chapter, young detectives will hone investigative skills by observing scenes and remembering details, using their senses to identify hidden objects, setting up a crime scene and looking for evidence, interviewing witnesses, and more. The second chapter goes into more specifics, with kids making and identifying lip prints, fingerprints and voiceprints; examining strands of hair, examining cloth and paper fibers, making casts, examining impressions, learning how ballistics evidence is gathered and more. In Chapter 3, students will test mysterious substances to discover their identity, while Chapter 4 discusses how teeth impressions and bones are studied, how to estimate height from foot size, the basic principles of DNA testing, how decomposition aids forensic scientists and more. In Chapter 5, kids can study indented paper, analyze handwriting and typewriting, and counterfeiting. A well-rounded and exciting group of experiments that gives students a not-too-grisly glimpse into scientific crimefighting. - Jess

  • Item #: 041725
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    For those of you with a young detective in the family, this kit will provide lots of fingerprinting fun. A small plastic case (measuring 5.5" x 4.25" x 1") holds everything you need to become a master fingerprinter. There's a small ink pad, File Cards for collecting prints to make a "database," a small amount of special dusting powder, a small brush, a few pieces of a tape used to transfer dusted fingerprints, a dusting pad for collecting and developing hidden prints, and a magnifying lens. There's also a very useful instruction sheet that includes great tips on how to collect the best fingerprint specimens and gives a few activity ideas for using the kit. It also includes some fun and interesting facts about the history of fingerprinting and fingerprints in general. Your kids will love solving "who-used-it-last" mysteries around your home! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 042559
    ISBN: 9780988898974
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  • Item #: 042558
    ISBN: 9780988898967
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  • Item #: 017564
    ISBN: 9780486411118
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    Taking place in the Victorian era, this novel tells of the adventures of the quiet Phineas Fogg. Phineas, an Englishman, has bet half his fortune on the wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days – a ridiculous notion in those days. It's no easy task for Phineas and his manservant – they must use a full array of transportation methods to get through their many comical adventures and around the globe. Not helping matters is a devious detective determined to slow them down. ~ Melissa

    A Bantam Classic Edition is also available, which is complete and unabridged like the thrift edition and includes 194 pages, softcover.

  • Item #: 028465
    ISBN: 9781587763281
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    For all those young authors out there who aren't content with creating mere fiction, here's a tempting challenge for you to create your own whodunit. This book leads both teacher and student through mystery-writing in a simple, step-by-step process. The book consists of 22 activities, each featured on a double-page spread which includes teacher instructions and information on the left-hand page, and the example activity sheet for the student on the right. As the student works through the writing activities, they will begin by brainstorming detectives and "building" their own sleuth, dreaming up situations or mysteries to be solved; create a whole cast of characters including the detective's family and friends; identifying their detective's strengths, weaknesses, values, and special tools he or she may use; creating evil villains to pit against their detective's smarts; creating clues (and red herrings!); identifying records they may want to use; and putting it all together to create their mystery story. Several additional activities are included as well, such as putting their story into dramatic or comic format (as well as a host of other options), creating a story as a group, writing a "locked room mystery", or using one of the given story starters to begin. The reproducible activity sheets for the students are included at the end of the book, and are perforated for easy removal. Move over, Sherlock, Hercule Poirot, and Encyclopedia Brown - there's a new gumshoe in town... - Jess