The resources on this page are based on the theme Super Sleuths in Grade 4 of Houghton Mifflin's Invitations to Literacy program.


Here is a bibliography of supplementary books that include cross-curricular connections and books that meet individual needs. Click here for the latest update


Help yourself to these extension activities. You can print them out and use them in your classroom.


Here are some links to sites on the Internet that relate to Super Sleuths.

This site offers an excellent series of creative classroom activities and teaching tips for use with the GHOSTWRITER television series, which follows the lives and adventures of six kid detectives as they use reading and writing to untangle mysteries, plot their way out of jeopardy, and express their ideas and feelings. GHOSTWRITER also offers a listing of recommended mystery books for children, the GHOSTWRITER broadcast schedule, information about the cast, and more. GHOSTWRITER is part of PBS ONLINE, sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System.
You're the Detective
This Web site, that was created by elementary school students, is all about mysteries. There are two story starters to finish and two mysteries to solve. There is also about favorite mystery writers. Reading mysteries is fun and provides a great challenge.
A. Pintura: Art Detective
Check out this fun site and help A. Pintura, Art Detective, solve they mystery behind “The Case of Grandpa's Painting.” This interactive mystery adventure guides students through clues involving a stolen painting and the history of art to help A. Pintura solve the case!
Whale Adoption Project
Meg Mackintosh solved “The Case of the Curious Whale Watch” but, if you're still curious about whales, check out the Whale Adoption Project sponsored by the International Wildlife Commision. This WWW resource contains reports and photos from whale research teams, information about baby humpback whales, photos and descriptions of fifty whales available for “adoption” through the project, and more. Be sure to try the Baby Whale of a Word Find puzzle.