Would you like to take your class on a field trip to London? What about a virtual trip to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London? The combination of Sherlock Holmes and a trip to London will appeal to your students and you can easily inspire them to do some research projects and read some stories out of the classroom. Follow our lesson steps and use our resources for an adventurous lesson, and improve your students language and detective skills at the same time.
- Internet connection
- Projector or interactive whiteboard
- Sherlock Holmes readers (optional)
Age and language level
- Age: 14+
- Elementary – Pre-intermediate, CEF A1, A2, B1
SHERLOCK HOLMES IN LONDON
1 How well do you know Sherlock Holmes?
- What do you know about Sherlock Holmes? What do you think of when you hear the name ‘Sherlock Holmes’?
- Write down five words to describe him.
2 An image of Sherlock Holmes
- Describe his clothes and his physical appearance.
3 The Sherlock Holmes Museum
- How well do you know London? Go on Google Maps or any map you like, and look for all the Baker Street in London.
- Now look for the Sherlock Holmes Museum. What is the exact address?
- Go on to the Transport for London (TFL) website and imagine that you are travelling to the Sherlock Holmes Museum from a well-known location, let’s say Trafalgar Square or Charing Cross.
- How can you get there?
- How long does it take?
- How long does it take to walk there?
- Go on Google Street View and see what the museum looks like.
4 The Sherlock Holmes Museum
You can also visit the Facebook page of the museum here.
- What can be seen inside the building?
- How many floors are there?
- What can be seen in the study of Sherlock Holmes?
You can also watch the video of a previous Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London.
- As you are watching the video, memorize the names of as many things as possible even if you do not know the words in English.
- You can form groups in class and see which one remembers the most words.
- Which things would a modern detective or police officer own?
- Which things belong to Sherlock Holmes?
- What does a ‘forensic scientist’ do?
5 Forensic Science?
- Find more information about forensic science. What exactly does it mean?
- Do you know any famous TV series about modern detectives?
- How are they similar to or different from Sherlock Holmes?
- Do some research to find out more about forensic science and modern detective strategies.
Teaching tip: Read the article “Sherlock Holmes’s CSI influence on modern forensics” on The Conversation website, and summarize it for your students, even in their own language.
6 Read and talk
- There are four adapted Sherlock Holmes stories in the Helbling Readers Catalogue. Visit the Helbling Readers webpage and find the four titles.
- Read the blurb of the stories and discuss what the stories are about. Which one would you like to read?
7 When you have read the stories, do our quiz about the characters.
- Download the quiz: Are you Sherlock Holmes or Dr Watson?
9 Detective Thinking Skills
- Improve your problem solving and critical thinking skills by doing puzzles.
- Here are some lateral thinking puzzles that will help you improve your detective skills!
More for teachers
Would you like to read more about detective stories? Here is another article on our Blog with resources and links to interesting articles plus an interview Richard MacAndrew, the author of original detective stories.
Would you like to read more detective stories? Browse our collection classic and original titles for elementary and pre-intermediate level students.