More Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)

Where do rotten apples go after they fall off the tree? Does the temperature of the wood affect the heat of the fire? Can you make water boil faster? How large a mirror do you need to see your whole body? This second volume of 15 mystery stories examines more science concepts and reinforces the value of learning science through inquiry. Each mystery presents opportunities for students to create questions, form hypotheses, test their ideas, and come up with explanations. Focused on concepts such as weather and climate, thermodynamics, interdependency of living things, adaptation, life cycles, properties of matter, reflection and refraction, and chemical bonds, these mysteries draw students into the stories by grounding them in experiences students are familiar with, providing them with the foundation for classroom discussion and inquiry.

“These stories are bound to reveal the wonderful ideas all students have, give them the confidence to explore their own thinking, and provide opportunities for them to ‘do’ science rather than have science ‘done’ to them.” —Page Keeley, NSTA President 2008–09

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  • on Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:04 AM

honestly,i'm not familiar in this subject matter may i know more information on this? and help me also how to implenment in my elementary students teaching science. Thank you so much for your help! God bless!

Ethelinda Guy-Joco  (Kota Bekasi, )
Ethelinda Guy-Joco (Kota Bekasi, )

  • on Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:10 PM

This is a great book for K-8 teachers. It focuses on teaching Systems and Technology, Biology, and Physical sciences through short, open-ended, mysteries. Differentiated lesson guidelines allow any K-8 teacher to begin inquiry-based science exploration. It also provides the scientific background necessary for each mystery concept, common pitfalls of teachers and students during the exploration of the mystery, and the National Science Education Standards (NSES) for grades K-8.

David Szagola  (Chambersburg, PA)
David Szagola (Chambersburg, PA)

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