Author: Theresa Van Praet
Product Code: 1422
ISBN: 9781618211422
Availability: In stock.

Mystery at Golden Ridge Farm, an interdisciplinary problem-based learning unit for gifted students, is open-ended and subject to various interpretations. A local, community-supported agricultural farm has noted a mysterious lack of produce for a number of consecutive years. Unable to explain why or how the produce is disappearing, the farm owners ask the students of a local school for help in solving the mystery of the missing produce.

Students work in collaboration with the farm as they assume the role of detectives and investigate the problem from every angle. Along the way, they are required to conduct independent research, evaluate their research with classmates, develop logical theories, create solutions, and prepare a formal presentation of their findings for a panel of judges and audience of family members and school administrators. This unit is appropriate for grades 5–8.


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by Linda Rowan
on 10/9/2014
from United States
Mystery at Golden Ridge Farm
As a librarian who has worked with many teachers and students on research projects, I found this book to be a refreshing change from the traditional research paper.  The  book provides teachers all the tools they need to initiate a problem-based leaning project.  The inclusion of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts assist in aligning the unit with the curriculum.  I highly  recommend this book to teachers who want to engage students while addressing the higher level  thinking skills.
by Patricia Donley
on 5/12/2014
from United States
Mystery at Golden Ridge Farm
Mystery at Golden Ridge Farm is a truly excellent resource for gifted middle-school youngsters. The interdisciplinary, problem-based curriculum is impressive–it is both clear and comprehensive, making it easy for a teacher to use throughout the year. A major asset is the on-going progression of assignments. The specific lesson plans, along with the well-conceived various supporting documents, are also a tremendous advantage for classroom use. 

Another plus is that the content is contemporary and appealing to contemporary students. In fact, in a short “field test,” two of my seventh-grade gifted students (a boy and a girl) gave it extremely high marks. They quickly responded to the creative premise and plot-like elements. They were eager to be detectives, defining and researching the problem. In particular, of course, they liked all the activities, from developing the board game to carefully reading the Doe Township Grapevine and its ads. From a teacher’s perspective, the smooth integration of writing, editing, and speaking requirements affords numerous opportunities for the students to refine their critical thinking and presentation skills
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