Category Archives: Non-Fiction

Cracking Codes

Cracking Codes

MakingCodesCodes are used whenever people want to keep a message private. You need to know how the code works and the person receiving your message needs to know how the code works too. Here are some online activities to practice making and breaking secret codes:

Code Books:

Spy Codes and Ciphers Breaking Secret Codest Destroy After Reading the World of Secret Codes Codes and Ciphers
Mysterious Messages Sly the Sleuth and the Code Mysteries
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Fingerprints

Fingerprints

Fingerprint Evidence We leave fingerprints on everything we touch hundreds of times a day. We leave them on drinking glasses, silverware, toys, door knobs, water faucets, books and more. Even though we leave them everywhere, we don’t notice them at all. At a crime scene though, these left behind prints can be very important. Even one fingerprint can solve a case.

The skin on the palms of our hands and on our fingertips are covered with a pattern of ridges. You don’t even need a microscope to see them. These ridges help us grip things. Every single person has a different pattern of ridges. Even the hands and fingers of identical twins are different. The ridges stay the same throughout a person’s life too. These facts are what make fingerprints so useful for crime scene investigators. Fingerprints don’t lie.

Now, learn how to take a fingerprint from an object – this is called picking up latent fingerprints. These are the fingerfetchhat_regprints that have been left behind. One way detectives find fingerprints is by dusting the crime scene for them. Fingerprints are coated with powder, then lifted and taken to a lab for identification.

Here are three website that can help you learn all about dusting for fingerprints.

Now try your skills at Fetch’s crime scene at Canine Sniffer Intelligence: Hat Snatcher. Fetch’s hat has been stolen. Look over the crime scene and collect evidence. You have the skills to figure out which suspect is the true thief. Remember what you have learned about fingerprints.

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Surveillance Tools

Surveillance Tools

Crafty DetectivesCrafty Detectives has all kinds of directions for making detective tools. In it you can learn to to make a hidden camera, a trick wallet, an undercover book, alarms and a lot more.

    The marble telescope and the periscope are both devices to help you conduct secret surveillance. With a periscope you can see around corners or over walls or fences. With the marble telescope you can see through a keyhole. Really. Give them a try:

make-periscope

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Middle Ages

Middle Ages

The Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. This period is known for barbarian invasions, the Plague, Feudalism (a social structure of knights, nobles & peasants), Castles & the Crusades.

Websites

Non-Fiction Books:

You Wouldnt Want to be in a Medieval Dungeon Theres a Rat in my Soup The Miserable Life of Medieval Peasants Stonemason
Lady of the Manor Dont Let the Barber Pull Your Teeth Medieval Life Meieval Castle Adventures Art
Medieval Science Did Castles Have Bathrooms Good Masters Sweet Ladies You Wouldnt Want to be a Medieval Knight
Archers Alchemists etc The Crafts and Culture of a Medieval Town Arts and Crafts Knights and Castles Castles and Knights
Eyewitness Knight Life During Medieval Times Meet the Medievals The Black Death

Fiction Books:

Run Far Run Fast Beowulf a Heros Tale Retold Chaucers Canterbury Tales Whittington
Crispin The Door in the Wall The Executioners Daughter The Midwifes Apprentice
The Ramsay Scallop Brother Hugo and the Bear
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The Great Depression

The Great Depression

The Great Depression is a time in United States history during which there was a large number of people unemployed. A lot businesses failed because people did not have money to buy anything. The Great Depression started when stock market prices began to fall on September 4, 1929 and crashed on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. The Great Depression lasted through the middle of the 1930s.

The websites and books on this page will help you learn about what life was like during The Great Depression. It was a very hard time but many, many people who lived through it remember it as a time when families and friends helped each other and relied on each other for even basic needs look food and shelter.

Websites:

Non-Fiction Books:

The Great American Dust Bowl The Great Depression Why Did the Great Depression Happen The Great Depression 2
The Great Depression and World War II 1930s Children of the Dust Bowl Migrant Mother
Children of the Great Depression The Great Depression For Kids Welcome to Kits World

Fiction Books:

Letters From Hillside Farm Annie Troubled Times The Great Depression The Carpenters Gift
Moon Over Manifest The Blue Comet Better to Wish My Name is Rachel
The Miners Daughter The Luck of the Buttons Wingwalker

 

Here are some stories about the Great Depression – the characters all live Indiana:
The Dark Didnt Catch Me The Mighty Miss Malone Chig and the Second Spread Christmas After All
Blossoms on the Roof

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