I have wanted to participate in Journey North's Mystery Class Project for several years and have decided to do it this year. This year's mystery starts on Monday when you'll record your own sunrise & sunset time and determine your local photoperiod. Then, starting on Friday, you'll receive clues to your 10 mystery sites.
I like this project because it not only uses science, but also math, geography, and research skills. Possibly more! I haven't decided if we'll try to determine all 10 mystery sites or keep it smaller since it's our first year. Also, this project is geared to a classroom setting where each group of 2-3 students are only trying to find one of the mystery classes.
To prepare, we will be doing a few projects early in the week. I'll try to get them done on Tuesday (if it isn't too cloudy) so I can post about them.
We will also be learning more about what causes the seasons using this Sunbeams and Sundials site. And, I've just requested a few books from the libary.
Has anyone ever done this class before and can offer some tips? Or have you blogged about what you've done in past years? If so, please let me know. I'm a little unsure of what I'm doing, but ready to jump in this time. (Update: I just found where Melissa at Here in the Bonny Glen posted about these mystery classes last January. She wrote a wonderful post!)
Anyone want to join us on this mystery???
Power to the Parent
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