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.

Program Details

Available weekdays, September through November and April through August, for Grades 4 – 9.

Length: 4 hours

Maximum Group Size: 50 students


Type of Program: Field Trips

Related Topics: Family

Curriculum Links

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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