There was a robbery at the nearest bank! The students have to use the clues to figure out who dun it. I found this awesome story from Peter Pappas. It was basic enough with some detractors for my students to figure out. There are some extra facts to throw you off, and there is a solution on the webpage as well. We have been working on the past tense, so I translated all of these clues to Spanish.
I created two versions, and I am uploading both. In the first upload, I have all of the clues written in Spanish. You can give them to the students, and they can read them to figure out the solution. Once they do, they can write the solution in Spanish.
The second version which I am going to use with my students has blanks for them to figure out which past tense to use. However, once they get one correct, I will give them the next clue with all of the words filled in. I want them to be aware of it, but I want them to complete it within our block. Once they figure out the solution, they will have to write it in Spanish, too.
In order to help them, I will give them a goal: they are trying to find out who did it and how they did it. I will also provide ways to structure what they are doing by creating a list of characters and writing down alibis. They can also create a timeline to help them with time and dates. I am going to try it tomorrow, and let you know how it goes. I am super excited though!