The Missing Mona Lisa - Integrated Learning Adventure

Teach Starter Publishing
9 x lessons | Suitable for years: 5 - 6

The Mona Lisa has vanished! This immersive tale of lies and intrigue takes students on an adventure to the Louvre, France. Can your students find the clues and crack the case?

It consists of 9 chapters of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

While the learning experiences in this adventure have been specifically designed for Year 5 and 6, the content may be modified to suit other year levels.

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  • Claire Snyders
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    My Year 6 class absolutely loved this. Everyday I would come in to the question “Have we got more evidence?” We set up an investigation wall after new evidence had been discovered and analysed. During transitions and pack and stack, students would get done as quick as possible and then stand around the wall debating their main suspects, pointing out their evidence and reasoning. At the end, they were really keen to do another, so seeing more would be amazing! Appreciate all the work you did behind the scenes to get this ready for us all.

    • Brittany Collins
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      Hi Claire! Thanks for the great feedback! I'm so glad your class loved this resource!

  • Susanna
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    My 5/6 class has just finished this. They LOVED it and I was able to integrate it into so many learning areas. The international element was fantastic for geography, exploring the emotions and motives of characters in Health, and studying Leonardo Da Vinci's art work in art were just 3 examples.. but we used it in so much more! We even had all the evidence, emails and the students’ findings pinned up on a board, connecting everything with red wool. It was so much fun and led to so many interesting class discussions! For those of you loving this as much as we did, I read other peoples praise and saw that you can suggest resources and people can vote on them if they also like that idea, so I thought I’d share the link to some ideas I had for the Adventure Agents next big crime thriller. Maybe you have some other ideas to add? https://www.teachstarter.com/au/request/reading-comprehension-whos-done-it-mysterys/ Please Please Please make more of these Teach Starter! I could easily have my students motivated every term with a new thriller! Thanks for such a great resource!

  • Chelsea Fraumeni
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    I would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of work that would have gone in to creating this phenomenal resource. So glad that I stumbled upon it by accident! We are going to use it as part of our remote learning (we are in Melbounre lockdown), and I am sure this will raise the spirits of our 5/6s!

    • Trish (Teach Starter)
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      Thank you so much, Chelsea! That's so lovely of you!

  • Jeremy Kane
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    Just adding to the chorus of praise for this unit. I've run it for two classes now and they both loved it. Even students who are NEVER engaged were having fun.

    • Bronwyn
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      Fantastic feedback, Jeremy! Thanks for stopping by to let us know that you and your students are enjoying The Missing Mona Lisa!

  • Sophie Macqueen
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    My Year 5 class have never been so engaged! They are begging for more investigations like this! There was so much noise coming from our classroom when the offender was revealed! They kept coming and telling me interesting facts about the Mona Lisa that they had researched at home! Thank you so much, would love more of these! :) :)

    • Trish (Teach Starter)
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      This is so nice to hear, Sophie! Thank you so much - we're so glad your students loved this activity so much! Please make sure to suggest a resource over at teachstarter.com/suggest-a-resource/ if you have any ideas for future resources :)

  • Kate Hawkes
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    What a BRILLIANT unit! In all honesty, this is the most engaged my students have ever been in a sustained unit of work. Seeing their enthusiasm and critical thinking was fantastic. We used the Police Transcripts in Guided Reading groups as Reader's Theatre (we have many budding French students ;) TeachStarter please create more!... let Indiana Jones be your inspiration!

    • Trish (Teach Starter)
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      Wow! Thank you so much, Kate! We're so glad we've been able to create something that has engaged your students so well. Sounds like we may be able to add it as a cross-curricular for French, too :')

  • Paul (Teach Starter)
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    Hi Cherie, Thank you for that wonderful feedback! We're so glad your class enjoyed the adventure! Creating another adventure is definitely on our 'to do' list for 2021. Stay tuned!

  • Cherie Evans
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    Our grade 5/6 class LOVED this! They were clapping and cheering watching that last video and some were asking for another! Thank you so much for such an engaging end of year activity

  • Bec Nelson
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    I have a small class of 5 students ranging from year 3-6 and they loved this activity, as I did. Can't wait for more like these. The whole task sparked their interest in The Louvre as well as France and Leonardo Da Vinci.

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Bec, Thanks for your feedback! We're so glad to hear the adventure was a hit in your class!

  • Natalie Major
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    My year 4/5 class are absolutely loving this. Perfect for the end of term.

    • Tom (Teach Starter)
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      That's great to hear Natalie! Thanks for letting us know. I am sure your class are close to solving the case! Good luck with catching the culprit!

  • Courtney Wicks
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    Hi Teachstarter, Is there away to download the voicemails etc - we tend to have lack of internet/drops in and out. Just wanted to have everything ready to play.

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Courtney, At the moment, the voicemails and videos are only available to stream. We appreciate your feedback though and we'll see if we can find a solution. Thank you for letting us know!

  • Angela Radloff
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    Is there something similar to this for Year 4?

    • Paul (Teach Starter)
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      Hi Angela, We do have some plans for a middle years adventure. If you have an idea for a topic, please feel free to request a resource at our 'Request a Resource' page. https://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/ Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community and we create the top requests. Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.