Crime Scene Investigators

SOLC 2011 17.31

A crime had been committed. Diva sauntered in the kitchen and plopped down on the area rug. She laid down her head with sleepy looking eyes. Then a large shadow of black and  white raced through the room carrying a chew toy. Traces of green on the floor caught our attention. Following the path we found bits and pieces of a chewed marker  scattered in the family room. Stains splots of green were here and there. “Wrigs! Get in here. Did you chew this marker? The marker had been on the computer desk. “Don’t tell me you pulled it down and proceeded to chew it on the carpet?” Please try to stay out of trouble for a few minutes.” We escort Wrigs back to the kitchen. “Diva, what is that on your paws? Did you walk in the mess that Wrigs made? Sarah leans down to give a little love pat to sweet rule following Diva. “Diva, What is that on your chin?  Open your mouth. Diva, your tongue is green.” Uh-oh. We accused the wrong suspect. Green marker crime is solved.

Look at my paws.

Evidence collecting can be messy.

 Besides giving readers a key for understanding text, making inferences engages readers. Engaged readers are reading scene investigators as they collect evidence left by the author’s pen and what is written between the lines.  Background knowledge and text clues add up to smart inferences.

I just recently came across this picture book. What Really Happened to Humpty Dumpty? 

From the review: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Or–as his brother Detective Joe Dumpty thinks–was he pushed? This case isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Suspects are plenty (as are the puns) in this scrambled story of nursery rhyme noir. Was it Little Miss Muffet? There’s something not right about her tuffet. Or could it have been Chicken Little, who’s always been a little cagey? Or was it the Big Bad Wolf, who’s got a rap sheet as long as a moonless night? Joe’s on the beat and determined to find the truth.

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15 Responses to Crime Scene Investigators

  1. Wanda Brown says:

    Great piece…love mysteries and love dogs so I got hooked quickly. I know the marker scene all too well as well as pencils, pens, toilet paper, and dishcloths. Guess my background and your story were meant to be a match!

  2. blkdrama says:

    HA, As I was reading I was thinking…exactly, this is why I don’t have a dog as an apartment dweller with no kids even though I grew up with dogs as a kid. I love the second half of the Slice to move us to the classroom.
    Great One Deb,

  3. Ruth says:

    There you go again . . . connecting EVERYTHING back to reading. I love your ability to do this. I love even more that you are starting to share with the world. 🙂

  4. elsie says:

    How appropriate to have a green marker today. Very funny post, love the way you walked the reader through the story!

  5. I haven’t see that Humpty book … might need to check it out.
    PS — those dogs!!!

  6. Elizabeth G says:

    What a great story! It’s amazing what our furry pets can get into. I had to chuckle at the fact that your pup chose green on such a perfect day. Maybe she needs a green scarf so she doesn’t have to resort to a green tongue! 🙂

  7. Sprice says:

    You’re so amazing! Green for St. Pat’s Day and you connected the story to the book- Self to text connection- just wonderful! I loved your post! I didn’t have my whole class time today but I’ll have to come up with something like this for reading workshop. Thanks for the idea!!! This is fantastic!

  8. Tam says:

    Oh, Deb–the talent you have, and it comes so naturally.

  9. MaryHelen says:

    Loved the post – too funny. You mold words so beautifully. I aspire to be like you. Thanks for the tip on the book. I haven’t read it and will check it out. Super.

  10. Linda Baie says:

    It’s such a neat piece of writing with the dialog, & then the mystery solved. The photos add to it & are so funny. Dogs can look so innocent, but. . . Thanks for the book follow-up–looks great.

  11. caroline524 says:

    I guess the dogs were getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day. I love how you connected your story to a book. I definitely want to check out the humpty dumpty book.

  12. Donna Smith says:

    We’re fortunate to have a Golden who just loves to carry around socks and receipts. We can’t even get her a rawhide bone. She just carries it around. No mysteries for us.
    Thanks for the connections to literature.

  13. hey2blondie says:

    I LOVE the connection you did with the crime scene. Too cute. My husband always accuses my dog Mimi because no one else would do it. Right? Thanks for sharing!

  14. girlgriot says:

    What a fun slice! I find myself accusing the wrong ciminal in my house a lot (cats, not dogs). I love that you brought this around to reading, love the way you wrote the story, love your dogs’ names!

  15. Ruth Ferris says:

    I was enchanted with this blog. I LOL when it you discovered the mischief and mayhem was made by your obedient fur-friend. I also put the Humpty Dumpty story on my to order list. I really like your idea of incorporating book talks into your blog. Very catchy! You have my attention.

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