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September 29

Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.

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Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.

Grades 9 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

In June 1829, the British Parliament established Greater London's Metropolitan Police, popularly known as "bobbies." Scotland Yard, the site of their first headquarters, opened on September 29, 1829, and eventually became the official name of the force.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Visit Scotland Yard's Crime Prevention Page and check out pages with advice on such topics as driving, mobile phones, and personal safety. Explore the resources on the Scotland Yard site and ask students to compare the advice given to London's citizens to the advice and tips available from your local police department. Ask students to hypothesize the reasons for the differences that they see-are the differences due to the different laws in the different countries, or something else?

After learning about Scotland Yard, encourage students to read fiction, such as the books listed in the text section below, in which Scotland Yard is featured. Students can use the interactive Mystery Cube to analyze the mystery book they read or to plan their own mystery story. More tips are available for the Mystery Cube.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • The History of the Metropolitan Police Service

    In the history section of the Scotland Yard site, students can read about the establishment of one of the world's most well-known police departments.

  • Stories from the Yard

    This collection of stories from Scotland Yard includes details on famous cases. Be sure to review the collection to find stories that are appropriate for your students.

  • The Peelers-The World's First Police Force

    Part of the Crime, Punishment and Protest through Time collection, this question-and-answer style site provides details on such topics as why citizens originally opposed the founding of Scotland Yard.

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

What's in a Mystery? Exploring and Identifying Mystery Elements

Students identify the characteristics of mystery writing, outline a mystery story using a graphic organizer, write and revise their own mystery story, edit each other's work, and share their mysteries.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring Compare and Contrast Structure in Expository Texts

Students build their understanding of the terms compare and contrast by participating in class discussions, using Internet resources, working collaboratively, and by visually representing information in a Venn diagram.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Expository Escapade—Detective’s Handbook

Students create a Detective's Handbook based on a detective mystery they have read. The handbooks include expository and descriptive writing, as well as a letter.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Naming in a Digital World: Creating a Safe Persona on the Internet

Students explore naming conventions in digital and non-digital settings then choose and explain specific names and profiles to represent themselves online.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Safety Tips With Officer Buckle and Gloria

Safety first! In this lesson, students take the lessons taught by Officer Buckle and Gloria to heart as they explore safety in everyday situations..

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Investigating Genre: The Case of the Classic Detective Story

After critiquing a list of conventions for the genre, students read, view, or listen to a classic
mystery, and then produce a mystery of their own, reflecting on the purposeful ways in which
they adhered to or altered the genre conventions.