Season 3

The CLC Super Sleuth Podcast goal is to enhance students' critical thinking, critical listening, notetaking, and research skills. While developing these skills we hope you also enjoy the podcast.

  • Episode 5

    illustrated collie dog 

    Clues For Episode 5
    Vocabulary Clues For Episode 5
    Note-taking Sheet 

    The clues came from the following books:
    Joey: The Story of Joe Biden written by Jill Biden and Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Amy June Bates 
    Champ and Major: First Dogs written by Joy McCullough and illustrated by Sheyda Abvabi Best

    More Information: 

    • With his mother’s permission at the age of eight he devoted a week to watching over a friend’s mother whose husband went on a trip to make sure all the windows and doors in her home were locked each night.
    • Reading out loud was his biggest fear . When he knew his turn was coming, he took care to count the desk in advance and figure out which passage he be called upon to recite. Then he would memorize it practicing where to pause pretending that he was reading out loud.
    • Some quotations: “Give me the ball” by Joseph Biden, "You can't catch me “ by Joe Biden
    • Some Bidenisms: If you have to ask, it’s too late, A job is about a lot more than a paycheck, it's about your dignity- it's about respect, Say what you mean and mean what you say.
    • His sister Valerie was his campaign manager when he ran for Senate in 1972 .
    • He never moved to Washington DC for his entire Senate career he commuted from Wilmington to Washington every day 120 miles round-trip.
    • In 1972 just weeks after he was elected to the United states Senate at the age of 29 his wife and baby daughter are killed in a car accident and his two sons are seriously injured . He was sworn in as a senator by his son's hospital bedside. 


  • Episode 4

    earth with recycling arrows surrounding it 

    Clues For Episode 4
    Vocabulary Clues For Episode 4
    Note-taking Sheet 

    The clues came from the following book:
    Who Is Greta Thunberg written by Jill Leonard

    More Information: 

    • Greta’s parents had always taught her to be responsible about the environment by turning off the lights and not wasting water. They often rode bikes instead of taking their car.
    • Sweden has a parliamentary system which means the passing of laws is done by the elected members of the government known as parliament. They head of the parliament is called the Prime Minister.
    • After watching the film about the environment Greta could not stop thinking about the polar bears. She continued to worry and by the age of 11 she stopped eating and lost more than 20 pounds. Her parents took her to a doctor and that is when she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.  Her sister Beata was also diagnosed with the same condition.
    • Looking for a good definition of the Greenhouse Effect the book on page 19 well explain it well.
    • She followed the example of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida who went on strike to protest gun violence in their school. Every day for three weeks she stood outside Stockholm’s parliament building wearing a yellow raincoat and holding a sign that read “School Strike for Climate” in Swedish.
    • “Actions Speak Louder than Words” is a phrase that means a person’s actions are more impactful than just their words alone. Put it another way – instead of just talking about doing something, it’s more meaningful if a person actually does something. Greta truly believed in this statement. For example, when she was invited to speak at the Davos Conference in Switzerland, she would not fly because planes burn so much fuel that contributes to polluting the air. So, she and her father traveled for 32 hours on a train to reach the alpine resort town and when she was invited to speak at the United Nations, they spent two weeks making the journey to New York City from Stockholm Sweden on a 60 foot environmentally friendly racing boat.


  • Episode 3

    quill pen writing on paper 

    Clues For Episode 3
    Vocabulary Clues For Episode 3
    Note-taking Sheet 

    The clues came from the following book:
    William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad written and illustrated by Don Tate

    More Information: 

    • In 1848 he recorded the story of William and Ellen craft a married couple who escaped slavery in Georgia by traveling on first class trains staying in the best hotels and dining with a steamboat captain all in disguise. Fair skinned Ellen passed as a white man while her husband pretended to be her slave.
    • In 1849 a man enslaved in Virginia climbed into a wooden crate and had himself shipped 28 hours to freedom earning the name Henry box Brown. His story was recorded by William Sill.
    • On several occasions freedom seeking people passed through William’s line of the Underground Railroad network lead by Harriet Moses Tubman who had gone into the belly of the south to rescue them. William’s committee provided them with money and replaced their worn shoes.
    • William Still had a strong interest in the welfare of black youth. He helped establish an orphanage and the first YMCA for African Americans in Philadelphia.
    • To this day family ancestors hold annual reunion every August. One is a noted composer William Grant Still while another Valerie Still is a WNBA basketball player and her brother Art Still is an NFL defensive end.


  • Episode 2

    open book with illustrated pirates popping out of it 

    Clues For Episode 2
    Vocabulary Clues For Episode 2
    Note-taking Sheet 

    The clues came from the following book:
    Who Was Dr. Seuss? written by Janet B. Pascal

    More Information: 

    • His second book The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins was inspired by one of his favorite things -hats. He and Helen liked to travel. Everywhere they went they would buy a hat. Sometimes when he got stuck while writing he would put on a hat as a thinking cap.
    • When he and Helen found out they could not have children he invented a daughter named Chrysanthemum -Pearl and dedicated a book to her. He and Helen sometimes included Chrysanthemum-Pearl on their Christmas cards along with other imaginary children such as Norville, Wickersham and Thnud.
    • Check out the book Who Was Dr. Seuss ? to find out how the book Horton Hatches the Egg was inspired and how Helen came up with the ending.
    • He wrote The Cat in the Hat using only 225 words from a list of about 300 words that most first graders should know.
    • Later Bennett Cerf, his editor, bet him he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words. Cerf lost fifty dollars because Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham using exactly 50 words
    • When Dr. Seuss died, he was remembered at Dartmouth by the students and teachers who sat outside for 24 hours reading his books aloud.
    • He was always terrified of speaking in public but when he had to. He would agree to do a speech as long as it was in verse. He once said, “As everyone present knows I am completely in capable of speaking in prose.”
    • He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book The Butter Battle. It was the first time the prize for American writing was ever given to a children’s book writer.
    • In 2001 when Publishers Weekly drew up a list of the top 150 best -selling children’s books of all time 24 were by Dr. Seuss. 


  • Episode 1

    graphic of hand holing the earth 

    Clues For Episode 1
    Vocabulary Clues For Episode 1
    Note-taking Sheet 

    The clues came from the following book:
    Eleanor Makes Her Mark written by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

    More Information: 

    • Not everyone applauded Eleanor’s civil rights work or her efforts to help the poor. Some thought she should keep her opinions to herself but that didn’t stop Eleanor she gave lectures, held press conferences, made radio broadcasts, and wrote a six-day-a-week newspaper column.
    • She never wasted a moment and Tommy her assistant even took dictation while Eleanor was in the bathtub.
    • Each morning she did her calisthenics, rode her horse, Dot, on the Bridlepath of Washington before answering hundreds of letters sent to her daily.
    • Eleanor championed the contributions of hundreds of thousands of women in the US Armed Forces during World War II including those serving at Sampson Airbase in Geneva New York.
    • In 1933 Eleanor invited Marian Anderson to the White House and they remained close friends until Eleanor’s death in 1962.
    • Check out the pictures in the back of the book and the suggestions on how to leave a mark on the world and enjoy several of her most notable quotations. Another quotation you might enjoy. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt.