We’ve been reading mysteries for the last couple of weeks, but today really pushes us forward into the actual “Whodunnit” of a classic mystery! And what better way to learn about mysteries? Well, that would be to ‘live’ one!
Public thanks to Owen! I threw the poor boy under the bus today. I framed him. Honestly. Set him up. A few days ago, I planted a backpack out among the students’ materials. I nagged them about not picking up after themselves and wasting the resourses you’ve so generously provided for them. I put on my best actress face and went for it!
“Someone has left this backpack here for days! This isn’t acceptable! Your grownups paid for this! Normally, I wouldn’t invade privacy but this is ridiculous!” We opened the backpack and began analyzing the evidence. There was a lunch, money, UVM stickers, and books …. oh, the books! One book was from our MBS library and students suggested asking Miss Hebert who had checked out the book. Lo and behold – it was Owen! Although he denied it, there was no denying the evidence. He was busted. I was bent out of shape. It was ugly. :) Until I confessed to being the culprit and we rolled into our vocabulary lesson and the dangers of inferring too much from circumstantial evidence. Owen was such a trooper! He rolled with the hit and handled it with grace. I was so proud of him! He’s now a member of the elite ‘I Was Framed by Mrs. Buswell’ club! It takes strength of character to do this and he was carefully chosen because of his wit and maturity. Of course, then I owed him one and you can see the photos of our Pax wacky prize! :) Well done, Owen! Well done, Bunch!