The Fish Kill Mystery: Using Case Studies in the Middle School Classroom

by: Christy Heid, Barbara Biglan, and Margaret Ritson

Case studies are an excellent method for engaging middle school students in the current work of scientists. Students learn to think like scientists as they decide how to investigate the dilemma presented in the case study. This article describes one such case study, the Fish Kill Mystery, which takes place at a popular vacation spot—the beaches of North Carolina. Based on the original case from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo (Kosal 2003), the authors modified the case and developed inquiry-based activities for use in the middle school classroom.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_06_16Volume 031Issue 06

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