Cam Jansen, the girl detective who possesses a photographic memory, has long stood as one of the best introductions to the mystery genre. Young sleuths have embraced the series for decades. The short chapter book format and illustrations make it a good series for readers who will soon be devouring Nancy Drew and Boxer Children mysteries.
Chances are you often see students reading these books (you may even recall reading them yourself!). The stated goal of this popular books in the classroom series is to you use what kids already love as a springboard for deeper learning. Cam Jansen provides just that:
- Use this printable worksheet that helps students formulate and adjust predictions as they read.
- This thematic calendar is a great tool to find Cam Jansen recommendations throughout the year. For instance, since May is National Fitness and Sports month, it helpfully lists several sports-themed Cam Jansen books that you may want students to read. It also suggests discussion questions and activities.
- This teacher’s guide has great printables for any Cam Jansen title. You can explore the elements of story, have students create a book jacket, look for details within the mysteries, etc. There are also crossword and word search activities.