The London Eye Mystery Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students identify the theme and supporting details, and analyze the point of view of the narrator as they read ''The London Eye Mystery'' by Siobhan Dowd.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the themes of the story and the key details that support the theme
  • Examine the point of view of the narrator and how it affects a story


120 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


  • abacus
  • alibis
  • bulbous
  • cantilevered
  • cataclysm
  • catatonic
  • claustrophobic
  • estuary
  • globules
  • livid
  • meteorologist
  • morgue
  • neurologist
  • pantomime
  • precipice
  • queues
  • Richter scale
  • theoretical
  • torso
  • writhed


  • copies of The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  • copies of The London Eye Mystery Summary, one per student
  • copies of the printable worksheet, one per student
  • computer access
  • a variety of books written from different perspectives
  • construction paper cut into 3'' x 10'' strips (enough for each student to have 3 strips)
  • a variety of markers and/or colored pencils

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Pass out copies of The London Eye Mystery Summary and read it together aloud as a class
  • Discuss the following questions:
    • What makes Ted Spark's perspective unique?
    • Describe the Spark family.
    • What is the London Eye?
    • What happens when Ted's cousin, Salim, rides the London Eye?
    • What metaphor does Ted use to describe his brain?
    • What does Ted discover about Salim's parents?
    • What are some of the theories Ted develops that explain Salim's disappearance?
    • What plan did Marcus and Salim concoct?
    • Where was Salim?
    • What does Ted want to be when he grows up? Why?
  • Ask if the students have any questions; discuss any they may have.
  • Pass out copies of the lesson's printable worksheet to assess their understanding of the concepts.
  • Check the answers as a class.


Identify Themes and Key Details

Materials: copies of The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, computer access

  • Have students partner read The London Eye.
  • When they are finished, conduct a class discussion about some of the themes of the story, including: thinking outside the box, appreciating uniqueness, meteorology, the brain as an operating system,...
  • Specifically point to Ted's character, discussing the extended metaphor of his brain as an operating system and his obsession with meteorology. Discuss how these two points are woven into various parts of the book.
  • Divide the class into small groups. Assign half of the student to the theme of meteorology and the other half to the theme of the brain as an operating system.
  • Have each group develop a technology-based presentation that describes how the theme is developed throughout the story, including at least three quotes that reference the theme.

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