Tips for Using These Pages
These pages are divided into several sections. The first section contains the clues to the identity of our mystery person, place, thing or year. Here are suggestions for ways to use them:
- Use the sign provided and post the clues on a public bulletin board. We recommend posting them one or two at a time so that you have at least two weeks of build-up to the answer.
- Put a ballot box, paper and pencil near the bulletin board. Ask the residents (and staff, if you want) to write down their answers and place them in the box if they think they can identify the person. Check the box regularly to see who came up with the correct answer first. Award prizes at the end of the month.
- Instead of posting the clues, plan an activity and play a version of "20 Questions" – reading each clue in front of a group and giving participants the opportunity to guess the answer.
The Discussion Section
Once the identity has been revealed, you can plan a discussion with the information we have provided. We have included pictures to pass around, a brief biography, trivia, quotes and other interesting information. There are also "Discussion Breaks" and "Discussion Starters" with interesting questions. In addition to a discussion activity, here are some other suggestions:
- Use the information for feature articles for your newsletter.
- Use the trivia and quotes for interesting bulletin board post-its.
- Use the printer friendly button found at the bottom (or end) of the individual articles. Make copies and place them in your library for independent activities or use them for one-to-one activities.
Related Activities and Resources
Does your group want more? If you would like to expand the activity or plan related activities, you will find "Additional Related Activities" and "Sites to See" sections at the end of the page.