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Colonial Period: A History Mystery Activity

By conducting research and using clues, students must solve a "mystery" related to African American history during the Colonial Period.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Games

Scholastic’s History Mystery: Colonial Period, Game 1 (grades 4–8) features the engaging character Professor Carlotta Facts, who asks students to determine the mystery subject she is studying using one of the fewest number of clues possible.

This mystery is related to African American history during our country’s Colonial Period. Is the subject a person, a place, event, or object? To find out, students can use online or offline research, and are given up to four clues. After each clue, students can guess the answer. If they get it wrong, a new clue appears. Students can eventually review the final answer with a short explanation.

Learning Objectives

By participating in History Mystery, students will:

  • Use problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Analyze clues
  • Explore topics and events from the 4–8 social studies curriculum
  • Use search terms to conduct Internet research
  • Use an online interactive form

Susan Cheyney

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