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Rising Grades 2-3
June 27th-July 1
Half Day, AM
Signature Program
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$775 / Week


Camp at a Glance

Who Doesn’t Love a Good Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements in Reading                                                                     

 Reading Section: Based upon the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop format, this week will be devoted to second and third grade readers and writers. The genre of mystery will provide an opportunity for students to discuss many aspects of literature including setting, characters, and plot.  Students will identify and recognize the key characteristics of the mystery genre both through class discussions and by listening to and reading mysteries, which are developmentally appropriate for their reading levels.  

Writing Section: Students will identify the characteristics of mystery writing in class, outline their own mystery story using a graphic organizer, and write and revise a mystery story to share with the writing community.  

Target Skills:


  • Readers will draw on all they know about solving mysteries to read mysteries
  • Readers will try to solve the mystery before the crime solver does.
  • Mystery readers do a special kind of predicting, learning about suspects, opportunities and motives.
  • Readers will learn all about how an author tries to throw a reader off track.
  • Readers will learn about hidden clues


  • Writers will apply the information and terminology they have learned about reading mysteries using a graphic organizer. 
  • Writers will synthesize their knowledge about mystery stories and write key characteristics they have discussed in class.

Homework: Readers and writers will be reading mysteries and responding to their reading.


Dates Time
June 27th-July 1 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



Doing an afternoon camp? Lunch can be added for a fee.

Drop Off/Pick Up Location

Front Driveway Entrance

What to Expect

Enrichment. Advancement. Development. A Summertime Taste of Pingry’s Academics.

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