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Journey North News will be posted on Fridays:
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11


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  • Reminder: Mystery Class Begins on Monday, February 5, 2001
    Rise and Shine! The Journey North Mystery Class project is about to begin. Monday, February 5 is the first day to record the sunrise/sunset times for your hometown. Don't worry if Mr. Groundhog sees his shadow or not. See for yourself where spring will unfold across the globe. Will you unlock the 10 secret Mystery Class locations?
  • Mystery Class Update: February 9, 2001
    Carpe Diem! The 10 secret Mystery Classes have sent in their first sunrise/sunset data. Grab your graph paper and sharpen your pencils and let the games begin! Will you be able to figure out where each Mystery Class is hiding? Teachers, get suggestions from a Mystery Class veteran on how to organize your class for this activity.
  • Mystery Class Update: February 16, 2001
    We've gathered the second set of sunrise/sunset times for you from your Mystery friends! What can you determine this week from the changing photoperiods? Professor Joan Berger also sends you an excellent research tool to look up your own hometown sunrise/sunset times.
  • Mystery Class Update: February 23, 2001
    Have no fear, your sunrise/sunset times are here! Get your third set of times provided by the 10 Mystery Sites. Changes in photoperiod impact the entire web of life, from plants to animals. Can you see the connections? Do you "See the Light"?
  • Mystery Class Update: March 2, 2001
    Today we're four for four! The Mystery sites have now sent their fourth set of sunrise/sunset data. Can you put the secret locations into a north/south order now? Where does your hometown fit in the order? Teacher Kathy Isaac shares a literature suggestion to help understand longitude. Did you figure out how changing daylength affects the food web for your species? Read how the answers from several classrooms "enlightened" today's report.
  • Mystery Class Update: March 9, 2001
    There's no need to go to the edges of outer space to find the fifth set of sunrise/sunset data from your 10 Mystery Classes. But one man apparently didn't know this! Do you notice anything changing as you plot this week's sunrise/sunset times on your graph? Can you predict how your graph will look on March 20? Teachers, get valuable tips from another Mystery Class veteran about graphing photoperiod.
  • Mystery Class Update: March 16, 2001
    Happy Vernal Equinox! (A little early.) In celebration, this week's update is packed full with special clues to help you estimate the approximate Longitude of the 10 secret sites. See the Clues Calendar that counts down to when your answers are due. We've also got the latest weekly sunrise/sunset times. Plus, check out the Florida teacher who "raps" a new Teacher Tip for you, and see responses to last week's Challenge Question.
  • Mystery Class Update: March 23, 2001
    Here's the next set of clues direct from your Mystery friends to help you along on your quest. Last week you estimated the approximate longitude of the secret sites. Now all you need to know is the latitude of each place and you're there! Find out who wanted to be a millionaire long before the game show. Plus this week's sunrise/sunset times, and a Teacher Tip for graphing photoperiod in a different way.
  • Mystery Class Update: March 30, 2001
    Hot off the wire! We've got breaking news of an upcoming April 1st news story that will disclose a great new invention (sorry, it's not "Ginger" but it does have a new worldview). And mark you calendars, just three more weeks of clues. No April fooling--we also have the latest times and clues from your 10 secret Mystery friends. Also, can you explain why the Daylight Savings Time changes do NOT change the photoperiod?
  • Mystery Class Update: April 6, 2001
    You won't believe your eyes! Along with the latest sunrise/sunset data, your Mystery friends have provided several photos with their third set of written clues. Just two more weeks of clues to go. Another daylight savings time occurred at one of the Mystery Sites, but many "bright" students explain why photoperiod doesn't change. After all, "there is no way we can change the sun."
  • Mystery Class Update: April 13, 2001
    It's your lucky day! Another set of clues have been provided by your ten top secret Mystery Friends. But, time is running out--they'll be just one more set of clues to come. Teachers, be sure to review the advance rules for submitting your answer by the April 27 deadline. We're also revealing this week's Sunrise/Sunset Data.
  • Mystery Class Update: April 20, 2001
    The race is on! Are you ready to unlock the Mystery? The final sunrise/sunset data and clues have arrived. Read the special Instructions carefully and see if you can tell us where in the world each Mystery Site is hiding. Remember, you must submit your answer no later than Friday, April 27. Good luck!
  • Mystery Class Reminder: April 27, 2001
    Do you remember way back in February when all you knew about the 10 Mystery sites was that they were a mystery? Look how far you've come! Remember, you must submit your answer no later than Friday, April 27. We've included the instructions again. Good luck and don't be tardy. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We're looking for new Mystery sites for next year--do you know of any classrooms outside of North America who might want to be a secret Mystery Class in 2002?
  • Mystery Class Update: May 4, 2001
    Tired of waiting to find out "Where In The World" your 10 secret Mystery friends have been hiding? Wait no more--today's the day you've all been waiting for! Congratulations to everyone who participated in this challenging activity. We received a record number of entries too. Remember to come back next week to "meet" your new Mystery Friends. Just like you, they've all worked very hard and are really eager to meet you with their introductions and photos too.
  • FINAL Mystery Class Update: May 11, 2001
    At long last...its time to finally meet your new Mystery friends from around the Globe. All 10 secret sites have provided their greetings and photos, and they just can't wait to meet you! So, let's get started! We've also received several comments from students complimenting the stealthy sites. Did you write these? And finally, don't forget to send your suggestions for possible 2002 Mystery sites around the globe. Have a great summer!

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