North News: Spring 2008
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 May
Mystery Class Update: May 9, 2008
Meet the Class of 2008 at last! Which site had earthquakes
last year? Which one keeps a pet goat at school? And where
can you scuba dive under a polar ice cap? Find out these answers
and more when you travel around our animated Globe to meet
your new "bff's". Teachers, assess if your students
grasped the key concepts of Mystery Class. And please let
us know your thoughts with our Year
End Evaluation. Finally, did you know that one of last
year's mystery sites was in Myanmar, the nation hit by a cyclone?
Visit their Intro from last year.
Class Update: May 2, 2008
Mystery Solved! At long last, the ten secret sites are uncovered
in a new animated map. Watch and discover "Where in the
World" they have been hiding, and who had the most correct
answers in the contest. And be sure you come back next week
to meet and greet your new friends -- they're so excited to
meet you! Plus, do you know any far away friends that might
want to be a secret Mystery Class for next year?
Class Update: April 25, 2008
There's still time to enter the contest. The
deadline is today, Friday, April 25. And in
just one more week we'll reveal all our secrets. For now,
try being "teacher for a day" in today's Handout.
And look how everyone is really getting excited. "We
discovered places that we never even heard of" said one
student. Play the video to see what might happen in your classroom.
Plus, you're invited to a celebration -- join the fun!
Class Update: April 18, 2008
Can you believe how much you've learned since beginning Mystery
Class? In today's Handout, explore just how far you've come.
Have you solved the mystery and uncovered the secret sites?
You can submit your answers
until April 25. Then on May 2 we'll reveal
the Mystery Class locations. In the meantime, celebrate Earth
Day, and take the quiz -- how big is your ecological footprint?
Class Update: April 11, 2008
Are you ready to solve the mystery and find the ten secret
locations? Use today's last set of times and clues to finalize
your thinking. Test your conclusions by presenting and defending
your case in class. Are you entering the contest? Use today's
Checklist to prepare and submit the online Answer Form. Good
luck! The deadline for your answers
is April 25.
Class Update: April 4, 2008
The latest times and clues have arrived. Do you notice a familar
face (beak) at a different location this week? Your mystery
friends are anxious to learn if you have uncovered their secret
locations yet -- have you? Not to worry, there is still one
more set of clues coming. Plus, breaking news about a cool
invention that takes you on the ride of your life. Finally,
how did your Egguinox predictions stand up to the test? Find
out what the Scientist says.
Class Update March 28, 2008
The second set of clues has arrived, along an with the ninth
set of data. Speaking of clues, what does temperature have
to do with a Mystery Class' location? Watch an animated temperature
map and see if you can uncover any thermal clues. Have you
noticed any changes on your graph since the spring equinox?
And why didn't some locations have exactly twelve hours of
day and night on the equinox? Finally, what's the status of
Class Update: March 21, 2008
The first set of interdisciplinary clues are here from the
Mystery Classes! And so is another longitude activity called
Eating on the Equinox. Will these give you a little taste
of the secret locations, and help narrow your search? And
can you predict how your graph will look next week? How about
a peek at earth from space over the North Pole? Will that
reveal why day and night are nearly equal on the equinox?
And did your eggs stand on the equinox?
Class Update: March 14, 2008
Will you notice anything interesting in this week's sunrise/sunset
times? Can you line up the Mystery Classes from west to
east yet? The Longitude Clues are here. What do you expect
them to reveal? Follow today's instructions and worksheets
to try and get closer to solving the mystery. And finally,
can you make a prediction what will happen when you try
to balance your eggs next Thursday, March 20?
Class Update: March 7, 2008
With six weeks of photoperiod data and graphing, can you predict
where the lines of your graph are heading? Draw the future
in today's Handout. As daylength changes with the seasons,
is sunlight also changing the way it strikes the Earth? Compare
images of Earth in December and March to see for yourself.
All things being equal, this will give you an inside "angle"
for next week's Longitude Clues. Finally, how your eggsperiment
Class Update: February 29, 2008
What do you really know (or not) about the Mystery Class locations
so far? Have you discovered anything about their longitude
yet? Will this fifth week of data help? You'll need to take
a little "time" to learn more about daily sun cycles
and world clocks. Plus, "Right Now" is a good time
for more journaling. By the way, what's the standing of your
Class Update: February 22, 2008
Did anything new "come to light" in this week's
data? What can you tell about the latitude of the Mystery
Classes? Which are north of you, and which are south? Explore
the connections between photoperiod and latitude, and time
of day and longitude, including two key concepts to prepare
you for the upcoming Longitude Clues. Finally, get started
on this "eggceptional" experiment -- do eggs really
stand up only on the equinox? Make your predictions now!
Class Update: February 15, 2008
What can you tell about the rate of photoperiod change now
that you have three weeks of data? Have you noticed any connection
between changing photoperiod and other living systems around
you? Explore the web of life to learn more! Plus, open the
World's Biggest Address Book and slide show to decode global
addresses, one of the key tools you'll need in your search.
Class Update: February 8, 2008
second set of sunrise/sunset clues has arrived from the Mystery
Classes. Now do you know more about their locations? Are photoperiods
increasing? Decreasing? Also this week: Explore a fascinating
mini-unit that shines light on the real reasons for seasons.
Class Update: February 1, 2008
Welcome to Mystery Class! Somewhere under the sun there are
ten secret Mystery Classes hiding, and they sent their first
set of sunrise/sunset data in today's report. How will you
use the data to begin your search? Watch today's videos to
find out. And don't miss the new Questions Handout and Journal
page too. Teachers: organize your students with expert advice
including ideas for younger students. Grab your globe -- it's
time to explore and see what you'll discover!
Mystery Class Begins Monday, January 28, 2008
Where in the world are the ten secret Mystery Classes hiding
this year? Are you packed and ready to join the search? Take
your first global step on Monday by recording your local sunrise/sunset
times. Find all the information you need to begin your quest
in today's reminder. Bon voyage!
When Mystery Class begins, weekly
news will be posted on this page. We'll challenge you to
find 10 Mystery Class sites using sunrise and sunset clues!
You can get ready for Mystery Class any time. Try these
lessons to build students' skills and understanding of Earth's
daily and seasonal cycles. >>