Cedar Creek’s fabulous instructional partner, Amy Tillman, created mystery bags to get 5th graders excited about research. The objective was to introduce several different historical time periods to students so that each student could choose a topic for a final research paper and project.
Each mystery bag was on a different table, with a variety of items in every bag. The bag pictured below contains materials to research the Civil Rights era, including information on accessing a BrainPop video, important events and people, maps, political cartoons, and songs. After exploring the contents of each mystery bag, students were able to choose their research topic.
What a great way to spark interest in a topic!