The Case of the Empty House
Use historical evidence to solve a mystery
At the Codman Estate
Observation, deduction, and reasoning are the building blocks of critical thinking. Students, acting as detectives, learn these skills and use them first to examine four types of evidence (documents, photographs, objects, and the Codman Estate itself) and then combine evidence to draw conclusions. Working in teams, students gather clues and make deductions to determine how the Codman family lived, changed their home, and used their land over the span of 100 years.
Available weekdays, September through November and April through August, for Grades 4 – 9.
Length: 4 hours
Maximum Group Size: 50 students
- Up to 14 students: $150
- 15 – 29 students: $225
- 20 – 45 students: $350
- 46 – 50 students: $9.50 for each additional student
Type of Program: Field Trips
Related Topics: Family
Connections to Mass. State Curriculum Frameworks (Aug. 2003)
History and Social Science
Concepts and Skills: 1, 2, 3, 5
Learning Standards: 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.11, 3.12
Concepts and Skills: 1, 2
Concepts and Skills: 2, 7, 8
English Language Arts
View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education
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