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Scotland Yard was established this day in 1829.
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
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.
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.
- 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.
Activities & Projects
Grades 9 – 12 | Activity & Project
After exploring online names, teens choose a screen name or e-mail address for themselves and decide what is a safe online profile.
Grades K – 2 | Activity & Project
Share a fun book about staying safe and then talk about real-life safety issues before writing a letter to someone in your community who can help.
Grades 5 – 8 | Activity & Project
Have children explore the different parts of mystery writing by making a puzzle about a favorite book. They can then invent and write their own mysteries using the online Mystery Cube tool.
Tips & How-To's
Grades K – 6 | Tip & How-To
The Internet is home to a wealth of information that even the youngest children can access. Teach kids how to safely enjoy all that the online world has to offer.
Grades 6 – 12 | Tip & How-To
By teaching teens some basic guidelines about online safety, you can help make sure the time they spend online is safe.
Grades 6 – 12 | Printout | Learning New Skills
Use these tips to talk about information teens can usually share safely in online profiles. Talk about how the tips also apply to blogs, e-mail, and instant messages (IMs).
Grades K – 7 | Podcast Episode
Get on the case with these tales about extraordinary detectives! Listen in as Emily highlights untraditional mysteries for kids.