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National Science Education Standards

Journey North's Mystery Class Project helps bring key National Science Education Standards to life. As you link to and review the activities, consider how you can adapt them to your unique context and students' abilities.

A. Science as Inquiry
B. Physical Science

C. Life Science
D. Earth and Space Science

National Science Education Standard
Journey North Mystery Class Lesson

A. SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
ABILITIES NECESSARY TO DO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

Ask a question about objects, organisms, events. (K-4) The entire Mystery Class challenge 
Use data to conduct a reasonable explanation. (K-4)

Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems
The "Powers" of the Equinox?

Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. (5-8)

Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems
The "Powers" of the Equinox?

Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

The entire Mystery Class challenge

Think critically and logically to make relationship between evidence and explanations. (5-8)

Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

The entire Mystery Class challenge

Use math in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8)

Kids Calculating Photoperiods

The entire Mystery Class challenge

UNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT SCIENCE INQUIRY
Science investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing that to what scientists already know about the world. (K-4) The "Powers" of the Equinox? 
Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer. Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting). (K-4) The "Powers" of the Equinox?   
Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world. Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4) The entire Mystery Class challenge
Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some involve observing and describing objects, organisms, or events; some involve collecting specimens; some involve experiments; some involve seeking more information; some involve discovery of new objects and phenomena; and some involve making models. (5-8) The "Powers" of the Equinox? 
Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8) The entire Mystery Class challenge

B. PHYSICAL SCIENCE

POSITION AND MOTION OF OBJECTS

An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time. (K-4) Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring
TRANSFER OF ENERGY
The sun is a major source of energy for changes on the earth's surface. The sun loses energy by emitting light. A tiny fraction of that light reaches the earth, transferring energy from the sun to the earth. The sun's energy arrives as light with a range of wavelengths, consisting of visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation. (5-8) Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

C. LIFE SCIENCE

ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS

All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Others eat animals that eat plants. (K-4) Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems
POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEMS
For ecosystems, the major source of energy is sunlight. Energy entering ecosystems as sunlight is transferred by producers into chemical energy through photosynthesis. That energy then passes from organism to organism in food webs. (5-8) .Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems

D. EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

OBJECTS IN THE SKY
The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described. (K-4)

Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems
Exploring Shadows and Sunlight
Follow the Sun
Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

The entire Mystery Class challenge

The sun provides light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the earth. (K-4)

Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living
Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

The entire Mystery Class challenge

CHANGES IN THE EARTH AND SKY
Objects in the sky have patterns of movement. The sun, for example, appears to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes slowly over the seasons. The moon moves across the sky on a daily basis much like the sun. The observable shape of the moon changes from day to day in a cycle that lasts about a month. (K-4)

Exploring Shadows and Sunlight
Follow the Sun

Does the Sun Really "Rise" and "Set"?
Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

EARTH IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Most objects in the solar system are in regular and predictable motion. Those motions explain phenomena such as the day, the year, phases of the moon, and eclipses. (5-8) Kids Calculating Photoperiods
Exploring Shadows and Sunlight
Follow the Sun
Does the Sun Really "Rise" and "Set"?
World Clocks
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The sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on the earth's surface, such as growth of plants, winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle. Seasons result from variations in the amount of sun's energy hitting the surface, due to the tilt of the earth's rotation on its axis and the length of the day. (5-8)

Seeing the Light: Recognizing the Sun's Role in Living Systems
Follow the Sun
The "Powers" of the Equinox?

Reasons for Seasons: Exploring the Astronomy of Spring

The entire Mystery Class challenge

 

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