We know getting started with a new science resource can be daunting, Xavier here reached out to learn more, maybe you've wondered the same?
Dear Mystery Science,
I’ll be teaching a full period of science for the first time and I’m feeling pretty nervous. At my last school we didn’t have any dedicated time for science, but now I’m expected to be a content expert. Science intimidates me, and I’m overwhelmed at the thought of explaining topics I barely understand myself. When it comes to leading discussions and keeping the kids on track during complicated experiments - all while meeting state standards - I just keep thinking that so much could go wrong! How should I get started with Mystery Science?
No worries, we're here to help! We designed Mystery Science with teachers like you in mind! We know that elementary teachers are responsible for teaching so many different subject areas. It can be hard to feel confident in every one. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered.
First, you’ll be co-teaching with our Mystery Guides. You’re not alone! Our Mystery Guides help introduce the science phenomena and help set the scientific context. We’ll provide the discussion questions and you can follow up with questions like, “Why do you think that?” or “Tell me more!” or “Can you build on what others have said?”
Second, the hands-on activity is designed with classroom management in mind. There are step-by-step video instructions that loop so you can focus on supporting individual students.
Third, all of our hands-on lessons are standards-aligned so your students will be engaging in scientific practices and core ideas that support the standards in your state. Don’t worry!
Our biggest advice is just to give one lesson a try. It’s not like any other pre-packaged curriculum you’ve ever tried. Just gather some common household supplies (see here), plug your computer into a projector and press play! You’ll be amazed at how much your students will love the lesson. Let us know how it goes!
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