A Jigsaw Jones Mystery: The Case of the Stinky Science Project

A simple reading comprehension quiz and literacy activities for the children’s bookJigsaw Jones: The Case of the Stinky Science Project, by James Preller.


Book Summary

Jigsaw Jones loves to be the neighborhood detective. In The Case of the Stinky Science Project Jigsaw Jones tackles three problems at once! Sally-Ann Simm asks him for help in getting her money back from a bully. His partner in crime, Mila, gives him an interesting magic-trick case to crack. And a science project volcano that the girls in his classroom bring in has a super smelly problem! Using his brains, his scientific knowledge, and help from his family and friends, Jigsaw solves each unique case!


Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading the story with your child, go to the following link to complete the quiz:


9-10 = Mastery

6-8 = Developing

<6 = Beginning


Follow-Up Lesson Plan Activities

Activity 1: Stinky, Smelly Adjectives!

Directions: Adjectives are words that describe a noun: person, place, thing, or idea. For example, the word BALL can be described as blue, small, or bouncy. Adjectives are used to help provide details to objects so the reader can better understand them. Below are two lists – nouns on the left and adjectives on the right. Select one noun and one adjective to make a matching pair and write them in the spaces at the bottom.   


Activity 2: Character Comparison

Directions: In a fictional story, there are many different characters. It is important to understand how the characters are similar and different in order to comprehend the story. Below is a t-chart, a chart used to compare two different things. Read the character descriptions at the bottom, and then decide whether they describe Jigsaw Jones or Bobby. Cut out each description and glue it on to the correct side of the chart.


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Activity 5: Creative Writing Prompt - Imaginary Play

Directions: Jigsaw Jones likes to be a detective and solve cases for his friends. What do you like to play or do after school? On the lines below write a story about your imaginary adventures. Draw a picture to go along with your story.