Countdown to Mystery Class: Fall 2009
September, October, November, December/January
to Mystery Class: Two Weeks to Go!
final Countdown to Mystery Class is designed to prepare you for
a special set of clues called the "Longitude Clues" which
you'll receive in late March, just before the spring equinox. See
Teacher Practice Packet #2: Discovering Longitude Clues.
Also included, see an introductory activity for introducing students
to Mystery Class. Build suspense and assess students' background
knowledge about key words and concepts using the word cards and
to Mystery Class: Two Months to Go!
does sunrise/sunset data reveal clues about the latitude
of the Mystery Class locations? Teacher's Practice Packet
#1 will help you discover for yourself the relationships
between latitude, sunlight, and seasonal change. Also this month,
to help prepare students for Mystery Class, try looking at a globe
in a new way by asking: What can a globe tell us about time and
seasons on Earth?
to Mystery Class: Three Months to Go!
four, three, two, one . . . the Countdown to Mystery Class has begun!
Invite students to think about the relationship between sunlight
and seasonal change. Introduce your students to the view of Earth
from space by visiting the image galleries, start an ever-growing
chart of questions, and build background knowledge and sleuthing
skills with a vocabulary challenge. Watch for additional "Countdown"
messages each month until Mystery Class begins in February.
Countdown to Mystery Class: Four Months to Go!
Happy Fall Equinox! Autumn begins in the Northern
Hemisphere on September 22nd. It's a good time to begin to explore
the Mystery Class investigation. Do you "wonder" what
this global game of hide-and-seek is all about? Explore the relationship
between the sunlight and seasons. Begin close to home by observing
the seasonal changes taking place in your own town. Watch for
additional "Countdown" messages each month until Mystery
Class begins in February.
When Mystery Class begins in February, weekly news will be posted
on this page every Friday. We'll challenge you to find ten Mystery
Class sites using sunrise and sunset times and other "clues"
as your guide! You can get ready for Mystery Class any time. Learn
more about this global game of hide-and-seek. (More)