Item Number: INT-CLUE

Technology Integration: Language Arts, Math, Visual Arts

Technology Skill: Database, Graphics, Presentation

Program: Access, Paint, PowerPoint, Word

Includes: Mystery Lesson Plans, Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Review Questions, Extension Activities, TechnoClue Parent Letter, TechnoClue Certificate, Summary of Skills Checklist, News Story Checklist, News Story Marking Sheet, Clue Database (database includes more than 40 suspects), Investigation Folder, Composite Drawing Samples, Crime Solved Sample, Evening News Presentation Sample, Flip Badge Template, Wanted Poster Template

Session 1: Examine the Clues

Use the clues to narrow the suspects in a database and solve the case.

Session 2: Composite Drawing

Transform a photo into a composite drawing of a possible suspect using Paint.

Session 3: Book the Criminal

Enter data into fields to add a new database criminal record.

Session 4: The Missing Keys

Find hidden clues using Windows Search to reveal the crook's identity.

Session 5: Inform the TechnoVille Citizens

Write a news bulletin in PowerPoint about the capture of the Keyboard Crook.

Session 6: The Evening News

Prepare to air the news bulletin with slide animations and transitions.

Optional Mystery Lesson Plans

Flip Badge: Make a badge in Microsoft Word.
Bike Bandit: Use database skills to capture the bandit.
Solve Mysteries: Who trashed the tulips?
Wanted Poster: Reward for the Keyboard Crook.

Become a Detective
Paint a Suspect
Design a News Broadcast with PowerPoint
Complete Fun Extension Activities

Mystery Lesson Plans for Middle School

Integrate technology into a mystery unit in language arts or a problem solving and data management unit in math. Students become detectives deciphering clues and other evidence.

  • Organize categorical data in a database form
  • Filter records in a database to solve a mystery
  • Add, view, find, filter, and print database records
  • Apply deductive reasoning to decipher clues
  • Predict the suspect in a mystery story
  • Create a composite drawing using digital tools
  • Create a news bulletin about an investigation
  • Use technology tools to enhance learning
  • Communicate information using various media
  • Process data and report results

Customer Reviews

Students become detectives. They narrow suspects using a database, create a composite drawing, book a criminal, and produce a news story about the Keyboard Crook. Use TechnoClue mystery lesson plans to integrate technology.

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My 7th and 8th grade students thoroughly enjoyed the TechnoClue unit. It engaged all ability levels and kept their attention.

Randi R, Dorr, MI, St Stanislaus Catholic School


By the way, just wanted to let you know that my students are thoroughly enjoying your curriculum. I have 8th graders right now working on TechnoClue and they are having a lot of fun with it. Thanks so much!!!

L. Carver, KY, USA, James E. Bazzell Middle School


We love your packets.

M. Rethlake , OH, USA, St. Ursula Villa

By the way, just wanted to let you know that my students are thoroughly enjoying your curriculum. I have 8th graders right now working on TechnoClue and they are having a lot of fun with it. Thanks so much!!!

database lessons reviewer

L. Carver,
James E. Bazzell Middle School,

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