Sherlock Holmes and Genius Hour

Today, we continued to discuss Sherlock Holmes’ impact on modern crime-solving by watching a short clip from “How Sherlock Changed the World.”

Thereafter, the students took a quick test over both Sherlock Holmes texts (written and video) that we experienced.

In the time remaining, the students were permitted to work on their Genius Hour projects.


  • Read for 60 minutes.
  • Work on Genius Hour project.  Remember to upload these to the GH padlet at least one full school day before you present.  You must also have your rubric with you when you present (that also needs to be with you a day early).


Sherlock Holmes Test and Mystery Activity

Students, this post is for you.

Below, you will find today’s Sherlock Holmes test embedded.  Be sure to complete this, submit it, and do your very best!  Your scores will be entered into Synergy as soon as all students have completed this assignment.

Once you finish the above test, you may work on your Genius Hour project (make sure to be quiet while others finish working).

If you finish your Genius Hour project and want to earn extra credit, you can work on one of the mysteries below:

Comparing and Contrasting two Sherlock Holmes Tales

Over the past week and a half, my students and I have been delving into one of the most notable of Victorian literature in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories.  Last week, my students read “A Study in Scarlet,” which was the novella in which the famed detective was first introduced.  We have then been watching the first episode of the BBC show “Sherlock” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  This episode, entitled “A Study in Pink,” draws most of its storyline’s influence from Doyle’s work, however writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (of Dr. Who fame) did make some noteworthy differences in their re-telling.

As a result, and in accordance with the following standard, the students compared and contrasted the two stories.

ELACC8RL7: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

The students created a Bubble Map sharing these similarities and differences once they finished viewing the aforementioned episode.

REMINDERS: Genius Hour has returned!  The students will present their projects Monday through Thursday of next week.  Parents, contact me if you are interested in coming to watch your student’s presentation.

STUDENTS: You may start submitting your Genius Hour Projects here.  The must be uploaded to the Padlet page at least one day before you are scheduled to present (remember the Friday, May 8th deadline was to help make sure you were done early).  Your final grade on this project depends upon this aspect.  You must also be sure to have your rubric on hand the day you perform or else you will lose 10 points. (See below if you need another copy)



Clue #3

After almost a week back on terra firma, I did not forget to share the third and final clue in my #WillipediaAbroad clue challenge.  Who will win and not have to do homework for the rest of the school year?

Students, you were challenged to use the clues to ascertain where I had gone, for what reason I was out of town, and to exactly what resort I traveled.  Use the riddle below to help you figure out the last part!

Clue #3: This oasis by a bay had pristine beaches upon which I did lay.  Named in a language of people long gone, its name means a place of rest and comfort where dancing and feasting are accompanied by a festive song.  Family owned and operated, the guests all felt well-fed, loved and supported.

Where did I stay?


Psst…these may help:

Wrapping Up "A Study in Scarlet"

Class started with a warm-up in which the students could decide to either A) create their own holiday on this Cinco de Mayo or B) compare and contrast themselves with Sherlock Holmes.  After sharing aloud, we then had an in-depth discussion about the book and its plot.  The students then returned their work from “A Study in Scarlet” and completed a 10-question quiz over the story.

With whatever time remained in class, the students worked on their Genius Hour Projects.


  • Work on Genius Hour Project.
  • Optional: Work on Kid Talk.

Power Point:

Clue #2

Congratulations to Anna C. for correctly answering Clue #1!

Now, for the next clue.

Some are old, and none are blue, but all are here to see feelings true.  When two equal one beneath the sun, they shall dance when all’s said and done.

For what reason am I abroad?

Clue #1


Can you figure out where I am?  Share your responses in the comments section below with only your first name and last inititial.

CLUE #1: This tropical city sits on a bay, and is home to a hall of flowers known for “evil” powers.

Kid Talks and Sherlock

KidTalk Cobb Logo

Today’s class was a pretty simplified one split between the presentation of Kid Talks and a continuation of our reading of “A Study in Scarlet” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (his first Sherlock Holmes story).  I would like to give a shout out to the following students who had the courage to present their Kid Talks in class today:

  • Zyraina
  • Ben
  • Angie

I would also like to recognize the following students who will be submitting and presenting their Kid Talks at a later time:

  • Soughtout
  • Dylan

In the time that remained, we discussed how Sherlock Holmes was the first forensic scientist who really was one of the main reasons that field of science came into existence.  We also discussed other examples of science fiction in movies, television shows, and literature that then became reality sometime thereafter.


  • Read for 30 minutes
  • Complete any work for Kid Talks
  • Work on Genius Hour projects


Discovering Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes Silhouette BETTER

All of this week we will be delving into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s most famous tales of the iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes.  As my students are ending one chapter in their lives as they prepare to move on from 8th to 9th grade, they are also beginning a new chapter as well.  Thus, we began where Sherlock’s adventures began with the novella “A Study in Scarlet.”

While reading, we will be taking time to discuss the similarities and differences between Holmes’ world and their own in addition to making observations about the characters on the following handout.

A Study in Scarlet Character Chart and Reflection

So far the discussion has been quite interesting and I look forward to seeing what the students think of this tale of essentially, the world’s first crime scene investigator/forensic scientist.

Homework (for the week):