by Ann Kohler
I discovered a great little science website to help make STEM more accessible to my students. It is called “Mystery Science” and is at http://www.mysteryscience.com.
This site is just getting off the ground and they are adding content all the time, but they have some fabulous lessons out there right now for 3rd to 5th grade levels. My class has been focused on the “Spaceship Earth” Sun, Seasons, and Night Sky unit. Each lesson comes with a short interactive video with questions you can do as a class.
One of the really cool things about mysteryscience.com is the hands- on activities that are included with every lesson. The website provides a full list of easily obtained everyday items needed to perform the activity, and step-by-step instructions to complete them. The activities can be completed by the entire class as a group, or students can work on them individually or in teams.
After watching the video lesson, constructing the activity, and answering questions about the lesson, your students will truly have an understanding of the concept you are trying to teach. And, if that isn’t enough, mysteryscience.com always has extended lesson activities to take the lesson a little further or for those students that need a little more to engage them. Best of all, you — the teacher — have all these resources laid out for you, and your class will be having fun while learning science! Go to the site today and see what I mean.
Ann Kohler is a Special Educator in Forsyth County, Georgia teaching in a BYOD school. In 2013 she completed her Master’s Degree for Technology in Curriculum and Instruction. She received the 2013 Tools for Life Assistive Technology Innovation Award from www.gatfl.gatech.edu, was an honorable mention in Tech and Learning Leader’s of the Year 2013 for Innovation and was one of the 100 PBS LearningMedia 2014 Digital Innovators in the United States. She is currently working on her blog/website www.edtechnow.com. You can reach her via twitter @MIDAkohler .