Solving Mysteries: The Fenway Foul-up

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Explain the significance of the sentence, “Suddenly, the pieces fell into place” by describing how different characters respond to major events.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-Up by David A. Kelly  — Chapter 8

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

Explain the significance of the following sentence:

“Suddenly, the pieces fell into place.”

In what ways have the pieces fallen into place? Do Kate and Mike have enough information to confidently say that pieces have fallen into place?

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Key Questions


  • What is pine tar? What does Kate realize after seeing the saleslady with the pine tar?

  • Why does the author include the description, "it felt like someone had eaten a sloppy peanut butter and jelly sandwich and left fingerprints all over the bat"?

  • Why did Kate say the bat was "perfectly safe" where it had been hidden?

  • How does the evidence in this chapter build on their suspicions about the photographer?





to look into other peoples’ business in a secret way



to look through carefully

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.2.3 — Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • RL.2.6 — Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

  • RF.2.4 — Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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