Investigating the Leaf

To help our 5th grade students understand scientific concepts about plants, Mrs. Wallace devised a mystery case the students needed to use leaves to solve. As the story goes, a robber had escaped and the only evidence police had on the suspects were leaves stuck to the trucks’ tires. In order to solve the case our students had to analyze various kinds of leaves to determine which leaves matched the leaves on the crime scene, thus narrowing down the suspects and solving the case! Just another creative way our teachers move beyond lecture to discovery in the classroom!