A Certain Death - Databases

This collection contains a whole wealth of resources based on the book, A Certain Death by Tanya Landman.

These can be used in a cross curricular learning project that includes an opportunity to learn all about using and creating branching databases. Why not read the book with your class (without revealing the ending, of course!), then include creative opportunities in art and literacy as students absorb the ideas and characters in the story. Learners can check out the prepared suspect databases (in an Excel spreadsheet), create their own entries for a database and use the information to create their own branching databases (the tree structure for a branching database is provided as a worksheet). Creating and interrogating databases is the next step for learners, and the video tutorials help this. Then solving of clues will help learners make decisions about who the killer REALLY was, which can then inform their decision making about refining and improving their databases.

Branching databases and a certain death 1

  • An art Challenge

Branching databases and a certain death 2

  • Re-writing the last chapter

Branching databases and a certain death 3

  • Tree structure for a branching database

Branching databases and a certain death 4

  • The Suspects – an excel spreadsheet and data cards for individuals

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  • Clues to help the decision making process

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  • Some more clues to be solved

Branching databases and a certain death 7

  • Another suspect databases

Branching databases and a certain death 8

  • Tutorial video for creating own database

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  • Tutorial for filtering excel spreadsheet to find out more about the suspects

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  • Can you use the information to build a branching database to identify the murderer?