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1 The Mystery of the Golden Stars Two publications: Activity Guide and Story Book (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

2 In brief The resource introduces different aspects of the European Union through a mystery story set in Brussels and based on the activities of three children: Ricki, Josh and Maddy. Chapters in the story book are introductions to 6 clues. The three children ask their friends at home (i.e. the class), via email, for help to solve each clue. Each of the 6 clues covers a different curriculum area: geography; maths; history; English; science and DT – See Objectives Grid – pages 3 & 4 The resource can be used once a week or during a European/international week (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

3 The Activity Guide - Contents Introduction How to use the resources Objectives grid/Map for Activity 1 Activities 1-7 – with details on how to complete the task and background reading. Photocopiables – colours match Activities Solved Puzzles template Detectives Diary template Puzzle answers Other resources list (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

4 Completing each activity Preparation: Each activity requires some photocopying and a few resources – detailed in the Activity Guide. Read relevant chapters of the story book together or independently. Stop at the email asking for help. Discuss story so far and what they know about the EU (see Background reading). Do individual tasks which when completed, lead to the clue word Add answer on Solved puzzles sheet. Complete the Detectives Diary N.B. Answers are in the back. (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

5 Summary Activity 1 - Geography Which countries are in the EU? Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy Map for each child or pair T: Read details of activity Class: Read chapters 1-3 AtlasesDistribute map. Colour in countries depending on when joined EU Find the 8 capital cities from clues and put on map Find the right letter from each capital city to complete the task Add answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Talk about experiences of travelling in Europe and what the clue word means. See ideas and information in Plenary and Background information Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

6 Summary Activity 2 – Maths What are the symbols of the EU? Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy EU flag fragment T: Read details of activity Class: Read chapter 4 Photocopy EU flag cipherDiscuss story – guess who the mysterious stranger might be? Protractors, rulers, mirrors, A4 tracing paper Discuss what a symbol or emblem is and purpose of flags. Discuss how might complete the flag. Complete the flag using angles, distances etc. Lay tracing paper over cipher to find clue word. See Solving the puzzle page 7 Alternative activity: Fold photocopied flag fragment in half both ways – trace outline of stars and lay over cipher as above. Add answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Talk about symbolism of the stars, EU anthem and motto. See ideas and information in Plenary and Background information Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

7 Summary Activity 3 – History How did the EU begin? Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy Cologne 1945 and Diary extract T: Read details of activity Class: Read chapter 5 Sugar paper and pensDiscuss story so far. Divide children into pairs and give out Cologne 1945 Study picture and discuss first impressions and children complete three boxes, discuss in groups, feedback to class. Use Background information Give out Diary extract – read, discuss and identify person. Add answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Talk about Europe Day See ideas and information in Plenary and Background information Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

8 Summary Activity 4 –Literacy How are decisions made in the EU? Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy Age restricted book debate T: Read details of activity Class: Read chapter 6 Sugar paper and pensDiscuss story so far and email at end of chapter. Discuss UK parliament, voting and European Parliament. See ideas and information in Plenary and Background information Divide class into 6 groups, distribute photocopy and assign a character to each group. Explain rules of debate (see page 11) and name of where the European Parliament debate takes place (Plenum) At end of debate take a vote with show of hands. Remind class of email and elicit answer to clue. Add answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

9 Summary Activity 5 –Science How is the EU relevant to you? Water quality Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy: Filter bed (pages 1 & 2); Word filter T: Read details of activity Class: Read chapter 7 Large and small plastic tumblers Discuss story so far and email at end of chapter. Stones, gravel, sandDiscuss EU involvement in regulation of water quality (see Background information), and introduce and complete filtration task (see pages 13 & 14) Coffee filter papersDistribute photocopy of Word filter. Complete task to find clue word Scissors, muddy waterAdd answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

10 Summary Activity 6 –D & T How is the EU relevant to you? Toy safety Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy: Soft toy disassembly board; Can you see the missing letters T: Read details of activity Class: Read Chapter 8 Discuss the story and email at end of chapter. Discuss safety/dangers of toys. Small stuffed toys with CE marks Distribute photocopied Soft toy disassembly board. Explain and demonstrate task Disassembly board: A3 black card, white paper, craft knives Highlight CE mark and EUs role in regulating safety (see Page 16). Cutting boards, PVA glue, sticky labels Distribute and explain photocopy Can you see the missing letters Digital camera (optional) Add answer to Solved Puzzle Sheet as whole class Complete Detectives Diary – to show what learnt (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)

11 Summary Activity 7 –Charade Resources requiredStages of activity/tasks Photocopy CharadeT: Read details of activity Class: Read Chapter 9 Internet access, including Google maps and street view Discuss the story and email. Distribute photocopy of the Charade Using the answers on the Solved Puzzles Sheet, complete missing letters grid and solve the Mystery of the Golden Stars. Use internet to search for the place revealed on the Charade. Read Chapter 10 to finish the story (c) Europe Direct information centre- Gloucestershire (Reproduction is authorised as long as source is acknowledged)


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