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Mystery Class Update: May 5, 2006
We meet at last! It's time to greet your new global friends who have
mystified you for 11 weeks. Which class' country is governed by a
Sultan? By an Emir? By Emperors? Find out these answers and more when
you meet everyone. Teachers, use today's tools to assess how well
your students grasped the key concepts of Mystery Class. And please
let us know your thoughts with our Year End Evaluation. Have a great
summer. We hope to see you next year.
Class Update: April 28, 2006
At last! The 10 secret sites are revealed today. Congratulations!
You've searched around the World and now the day is here--find out
"Where in the World" they have been hiding. Contest participants--who
had the most correct answers? And be sure to come back next week to
meet and greet (and eat with) your new friends!
Class Update: April 21, 2006
Have you sent in your Mystery Class Contest entry yet? Here's your
friendly reminder that the deadline is Friday,
April 21. Grab these Teacher Tips and some popcorn, and watch
the inspiring video clips to help prepare you for next week, when
the secret locations and contest results are revealed. You haven't
met the Mystery Classes yet, but did you know you're already connected
in many ways? Take the Earth Day Quiz and learn more.
Class Update: April 14, 2006
You can almost feel it! The excitement is building all around the
World. Use the final sunrise/sunset data and final clues given today
to answer this question: "Where in the world do you think our
10 Mystery Sites are located?". Teachers, are you entering
the Contest? Don't throw it all away--your deadline
is Friday, April 21. Be sure to print and follow the Contest
Instruction Checklist carefully.
Class Update: April 7, 2006
Time's running out--just one more set of clues after this week. Your
Mystery Friends are anxious to learn if you have uncovered their secret
locations yet--have you? Retrace the travels of our classroom correspondent
on "Latitude Shoes". Is there a special force on the equinox?
Study one classroom's "Eggciting" test results and find
out what the experts say. Teachers, are you entering the Contest?
We have the required Instructions to help you get ready for the April
Class Update March 31, 2006
No April Fooling, today's data and times are here. Have another sneak
peek and watch the animated temperature map to help get you even closer.
Breaking news on Bionic Shoes--a cool new invention. And time's up--send
us your "Eggquinox" study findings. Also, get "straightened"
out on the great questions the equinox raised. Teachers, the deadline
is drawing near--get advance Mystery Class Contest instructions.
Class Update: March 24, 2006
Your stealthy Mystery Classes have sent in their eighth set of data,
and second set of clues. "Listen" for hints in this season's
first audio clue. And don't miss the special equinox image from space--it's
out of this world. Plus, many good questions sprung up on the first
day of spring--will they shed any light on the topics? Visit a few
classrooms to learn some recent "eggciting" findings. And,
can a teacher balance an egg?
Class Update: March 17, 2006
Extra, extra, read all about it! The first clues have
arrived with a greeting from your mystery friends too. And watch
a "behind the scenes" video about clues. Plus, the seventh
set of data is here--whose times have "slipped"? By the
way, what's the standing of your egg-balance experiment? Monday
is the Vernal Equinox, so be sure to conduct your egg balancing
that day--will you notice anything special with your eggs? And who
wanted to be a millionaire long before any game shows?
Class Update: March 10, 2006
Happy Vernal Equinox (a little early!) To celebrate, here is the sixth
set of sunrise/sunset times along with the long-awaited Longitude
Clues. They'll help you estimate the longitude of the secret sites.
We've calculated two of them as examples. Plus, read the discussions
of CQ #3 and #4: find out what some of you have in common (or not)
with Mystery Class #4, and what your predictions were for the Photoperiod
graph on the Equinox.
Class Update: March 3, 2006
With today's fifth set of data, will your graph reveal any new secrets?
Can you predict how it will look on the Vernal Equinox? Find out
what happened to MC #9's times, and take advantage of one last prep
session and video for the Longitude Clues that finally arrive next
week. Find out how and why they work. By the way, what's the standing
of your "eggsperiment"?
Class Update: February 24, 2006
Will this week's fourth set of sunrise/sunset data let you list the
Mystery Classes from north to south? Plus, see more helpful lessons,
a new downloadable booklet, and Teacher Tips too--all to help you
use the upcoming Longitude Clues. Find out who "straightened"
things out in CQ #1. Finally, make your predictions now, try this
"Eggceptional" experiment--do eggs really stand up on end
only on the Equinox?
Class Update: February 17, 2006
What will the third set of sunrise/sunset data reveal this week? Will
it change your preliminary thoughts about their locations? And is
something else changing besides day length? An "enlightening"
video and web of life lesson uncover how changing photoperiod affects
everything from plants to animals. What would change if you could
un-tilt the Earth? Plus, get the building blocks to help you prepare
for the upcoming Longitude Clues.
Class Update: February 10, 2006
The second set of sunrise/sunset data is in, and the times are changing
already. Using this data, can you "unearth" anything new
about the secret sites? Are their photoperiods increasing? Decreasing?
Or...? A teacher tip helps you uncover as much as possible. Test your
parents about the 24 hour clock. Plus, do you know what the real "Reasons
for Seasons are"? A mini- unit of lessons "shines some light"
on this question.
Class Update: February 3, 2006
Welcome to Mystery Class! The first set of sunrise/sunset times from
the ten secret Mystery Classes has arrived along with a little personal
greeting from one of the secret classrooms too. Find information on
everything from organizing your hunt to calculating photoperiods and
from glossaries to graphing. There are also tips for teachers, including
ideas for younger students and video clips too. So grab your globe--it's
time to uncover, discover, graph, laugh, search and research. Where
do think the ten secret sites are hiding? Let the Games begin!
Mystery Class Begins on Monday, January 30, 2006
Citizens of the world come together now! Let's connect, collaborate
and compete to solve an international mystery--"Where in the
World Do You Think Our Ten Secret Mystery Classes are Located?".
Find all the information you need to begin your global search in today's
reminder, but don't delay, Mystery Class begins Monday, January 30.
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