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World War II: A History Mystery Activity

By conducting research and using the fewest number of clues possible, students must solve a “mystery” related to World War II.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Games

Scholastic’s “History Mystery: World War II” (grades 4–8) features the engaging character Professor Carlotta Facts, who asks students to determine the mystery subject she is studying, using the fewest number of clues possible.

This mystery is related to World War II, one of the defining events of the 20th century. Is the subject a person, a place, event (such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor), or object? To find out, students can use online or offline research, and are given up to five 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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